Speedy meatballs in marinara sauce

Meatballs are a huge hit in “yummy” HQ. So much for ages I, ve been trying to make them in less time-consuming .. than in my original recipe… but still taste pretty dam good. Usually meatballs  need a good bit of prep, first grating all the veggies and then trying to prevent the meatballs from sticking to the pan… So I put my thinking cap on, and I,ve come up with a few hacks.. My new and improved speedy meatballs in marinara sauce take less than an hour to cook from pack to plate, and still have all the taste of the original ones ..

mini muffin tinThe first thing you will need is a mini muffin tin, I picked up this one in deaz for €1.49.. by cooking the meatballs in
this you don,t need to keep turning them on the pan (leaving the frying pan out all together) .. When you roll each meatball,  place each one in the tin cook for 30 mins. (there is 12 holes so make 12 meatballs and place them in each hole) good eh…


Get messy x have fun x one yummy mummy



For the meatballs

  • spray of olive oil/frylight for slimming world
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1 onion
  • a teaspoon of thyme
  •  a teaspoon  of basil
  • a teaspoon of oregano

For the marinara sauce

  •  carton of passata (around 400g)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 apple
  • tablespoon tomato puree
  •  a teaspoon of thyme
  •  a teaspoon  of basil
  • a teaspoon of oregano


preheat your oven to 180c you will need a saucepan and a mini muffin tinpork meatballs

Grate one of your onion,s and add it to a mixing bowl with the pork mince, and herbs .. (this is the ony grating you need to do) make 12 meatballs and place
onto your muffin tins .. put into the oven at 180c  and cook for 30 mins,

meanwhile cook pasta according to packet

peel and chop the other onion, apple  red pepper and garlic

Put a saucepan medium heat , spray with olive oil/frylight and add the chopped veggies , garlic and apple.. pasta sauce

after around 8 mins when veggies and apple has softened add the passata and tomato puree  and herbs .. put on a low heat cover with a lid and cook for 20 mins

blend with a hand blender

add another sprinkle of basil, oregano and thyme

add the cooked meatballs and stir..

serve with pasta…

and thats it!!! in half the time..



20 thoughts on “Speedy meatballs in marinara sauce

    • yes for def.. if you want to mix them with the baby star pasta.. but if your into baby led weaning nothing is out of bounds .. i really hope you enjoy x thanks for getting in touch (let me know how you get on x )

  1. Yum! What a clever idea to cook the meatballs in the muffin tin, makes it so much easier. I’m not a big meat eater although sometimes I crave meat and these sound perfect for those times 🙂

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