029 – Mama’s Italian Meatballs w/ Spaghetti & Sneaky Veg

029 - Mamas Italian Meatballs w Spaghetti & Sneaky Veg


“Disclaimer: These are not as good as Mama makes…but they are pretty lean..Now THATSA spicy meatball! Another tasty meatball lunch recipe. When I’m feeling super productive I’ll spend a couple of hours on a Sunday and do up 2-3 batches of different meatball recipes and freeze them. Then I have lunches for a month and don’t have to think too much about it. I have also worked a tricky way to sneak my veg into these…”


Nutrition Information*
Serving size : 1
Energy2,016kj (482cal)
Fat - total
- saturated
- sugar
*Guide Only - values will change if recipe is changed

Prep Time: 5-10 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Skill Level: Beginner

Servings: 5


  • 1kg Beef Mince (I get premium because I’m a snob but whatever suits)
  • 150g Diced Brown Onion
  • 2 tbsp. Mixed Italian Herbs (Sage/Thyme/Rosemary/Oregano/Basil/Parsley)
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
  • 250g Chopped Mushrooms
  • 250g Chopped Baby Spinach
  • 1 Jar of Passato OR 1 Tin of Crushed Tomatoes (350-400ml)
  • 1 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 250g Wholemeal Spaghetti(dry – it doubles in weight when cooked)


  1. First things first, put the mushroom, baby spinach, spaghetti, passato and vinegar to 1 side.
  2. Mix everything else up in a big mixing bowl.
  3. Once everything is combined you can make the meatballs. I use scales and make them 50g each – 4 meatballs per container.
  4. Put the chopped spinach into the bottom of a lightly greased oven tray, then put the meatballs on top of them.
  5. Sprinkle the mushrooms over the top of all this.
  6. Mix the passato or tin of crushed tomatoes with the tablespoon of balsamic and pour this over the top of everything.
  7. Cover with foil and bake them for about 40 minutes at 190°C (20 minutes with the foil on, 20 off).
  8. While these are cooking you can get the spaghetti under way. It should only need about 9 minutes on the boil.
  9. Once the meatballs are cooked you can divide up the meals into plastic containers. 4 meatballs, 100g spaghetti.
  10. I then freeze them all, give them 5 minutes in the microwave from frozen and voila! They aren’t as good as Nonna makes, but its lunch for a week none-the-less.
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