Meatballs with Spaghetti

Meatballs are the best.  Kids love to eat them and meatballs are a great dish to get the kids helping out in the kitchen.  This is a Donna Hay inspired recipe that the kids and I cooked last week.


  • 500g grass fed beef or free range chicken mince
  • 45g fresh sourdough or wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbspn milk
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbspn Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbspn thyme leaves
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

Tomato sauce

  • 750ml tomato passata
  • 1 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs basil (just for cooking)


  • Place the breadcrumbs and milk in a big bowl and mix using a wooden spoon.  Allow to stand for 1 minute.
  • Add the beef, garlic, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper.  Mix it all really well with the spoon, so everything’s fully combined.
  • Line a tray with non-stick baking paper.  Wet your hands with a little bit of water and roll 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture into a ball.  Place on the tray, then repeat until you’ve used all the mixture.
  • To make the tomato sauce, place a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat.  Add the passata, stock, garlic and basil and bring to a simmer.
  • Carefully slide the meatballs into the sauce.  Simmer for 10 minutes or until cooked through, rolling them around with a wooden spoon every few minutes so they cook evenly.
  • Discard the basil sprigs and serve the meatballs and sauce on top of hot spaghetti or vegies.
About Michele Lyons
Michele Lyons spent 25 years working in the corporate environment with 10 years as an Executive Assistant at a senior level. A couple of years ago Michele decided to forgo the long hours in the city to work closer to home and spend more time with her two teenage boys. Michele started working with us at the Farmers Markets and her excellent organisation skills meant she quickly moved into the office. Since Michele joined The Free Range Butcher her role has expanded to include all things administration, recipe testing, inspirational ideas, marketing, communications and all round keeping the team organised and on track. As long as Michele’s has had her morning coffee you can ask her anything!

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