The trick to super-tender meatballs? Cooking them in the oven! It allows plenty of moisture and flavour to stay in your meatballs where they belong. Cheddar cheese and a crusty ciabatta loaf add an indulgent touch to this delicious dish.
/ serving 4 people
/ serving 4 people
shredded Cheddar cheese(ContainsMilk)
bake-at-home ciabatta(ContainsGluten, SoyMay be presentEgg, Milk, Sesame, Tree Nuts, Lupin)
Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C fan-forced. Thinly slice the garlic. Cut the zucchini into 1cm chunks. Cut the broccoli into small florets and cut the stalk into 1cm pieces. Trim the green beans, then slice in half.
In a medium bowl, combine the beef mince, eggs, Italian herbs, fine breadcrumbs and the salt. Using damp hands, shape a heaped spoonful of the beef mixture into a small meatball. Set aside on a plate. Repeat with the remaining beef mixture (you should get about 20 meatballs).
In a large frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned, 5-7 minutes (the meatballs will continue cooking in step 4). Transfer the meatballs to a medium baking dish and set aside.
Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil if needed. Add the garlic, dried oregano and zucchini and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add the passata and sugar and bring to the boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the meatballs in the baking dish and sprinkle with the shredded Cheddar cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, 10 minutes.
While the meatballs are baking, place the bake-at-home ciabatta directly on the wire rack in the oven and bake until crusty on the outside and steaming hot on the inside, 10-12 minutes. Wipe out the frying pan and return to a medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the broccoli, then a splash of water and cook until starting to soften, 3 minutes. Add the green beans and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Divide the cheesy baked beef meatballs and greens between bowls. Serve the crusty ciabatta bread on the side (it's perfect for scooping up the sauce!).