Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce


So this recipe is from Gino D’Acampo’s Italian Express cookbook and it is DELICIOUS! I tweaked the recipe slightly to add a bit more spice and flavour to my taste as I like spicy and garlicky food, but the chilli is optional, and I also just used all beef as I didn’t have any pork mince. This really is a tasty dish. Also at this present time I realise that some are struggling to find the food they usually buy/fresh produce. I hope that you have most of the ingredients in this recipe or can tweak it to suit and still enjoy a healthy, comforting meal.

Ingredients (Serves 4):

  • 400g minced pork
  • 400g minced beef
  • 4 tablespoons caramelised onion chutney
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
  • 1 x chilli chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 1 garlic clove chopped finely or grated
  • 800g chopped tomatoes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • Salt


  1. Place the pork, beef and caramelised onion chutney in a large bowl. Season with salt. Mix well with your hands until thoroughly combined. Take small amounts and roll into 24 equal-sized balls (about the size of a golf ball). Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, shallow saucepan or sauté pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and chopped chilli and fry until softened (about 5 minutes). Then add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the meatballs and fry gently for about 8 minutes or until browned all over, turning carefully.  Sprinkle over the chilli flakes and fry for a further 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomatoes and some salt. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then add the basil and cook for a further 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.


And there you go, enjoy! I had linguine with my meatballs, but any sort of pasta (if you can get it currently!) is good, or a few big slices of crusty bread or garlic bread.

UPDATE – As always I come back to delicious recipes and I’ve recently enjoy cooking and devouring these meatballs again recently with pasta and topped with fresh chillies mmmm!!

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Happy munching 🙂




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