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Beef & Basil Pesto Meatballs

Beef & Basil Pesto Meatballs

with Spaghetti & Parmesan

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Change what you know about meatballs by adding a dollop of basil pesto to your mixture for an easy flavour boost. Served with a simple tomato sauce on top of spaghetti (and we haven’t forgotten the cheese!), this is an Italian-inspired bowl everyone will love!

Tags:Kid Friendly
Allergens:GlutenEggMilkTree Nuts

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Preparation Time45 minutes
Cooking difficultyEasy
Serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Serving amount


brown onion

2 clove


1 punnet




1 packet

beef mince

1 packet

fine breadcrumbs


1 sachet

basil pesto

(ContainsMilk, Tree NutsMay be present Egg)

1 packet


(ContainsGlutenMay be present Egg, Soy)

½ sachet

dried oregano

1 box


1 cube

beef stock

1 bag

baby spinach leaves

1 packet

grated Parmesan cheese


Not included in your delivery

Olive Oil

¼ tsp





½ tbs

brown sugar

(May be present Soy, Gluten, Milk, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame)

10 g


Nutritional Valuesper serving
Nutritional Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
per serving
Energy (kJ)3654 kJ
Fat30.1 g
of which saturates12.4 g
Carbohydrate91 g
of which sugars16 g
Protein53.2 g
Sodium1232 mg
The average adult daily energy intake is 8700 kJ
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Large Pan
Large Non-Stick Pan
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Finely chop the brown onion (see ingredients). Finely chop the garlic. Pick and thinly slice the basil leaves. Grate the zucchini.


In a medium bowl, combine the beef mince, fine breadcrumbs, salt, egg and basil pesto. Using damp hands, take a heaped spoonful of the beef mixture and gently shape into a small meatball. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining mixture. You should get about 4-5 meatballs per person. TIP: The pesto makes these meatballs extra tender but also delicate, so handle them carefully!


Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water until 'al dente', 10 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, drain the pasta, then return to the saucepan and drizzle with olive oil to prevent sticking. While the pasta is cooking, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium- high heat. Cook the beef meatballs until browned, 5-6 minutes (the meatballs will continue cooking in step 5). Cook the meatballs in batches if your pan is getting crowded. Transfer to a plate and set aside. TIP: ‘Al dente’ pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm in the centre.


Return the frying pan to a medium-high heat and add another drizzle of olive oil, if needed. Add the onion, garlic, dried oregano (see ingredients) and zucchini and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add the passata, brown sugar, butter and some reserved pasta water (1 1/2 tbs for 2 people / 3 tbs for 4 people). Crumble the beef stock (1 cube for 2 people / 2 cubes for 4 people) into the sauce and bring to the boil.


Add the meatballs to the sauce and cover with a lid or foil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, 6-7 minutes. Add the baby spinach leaves to the pan, increase the heat to high and cover with a lid or foil until just wilted, 1 minute. Season to taste. TIP: Add more reserved pasta water to your sauce if it's dry!


Divide the spaghetti, basil pesto meatballs and sauce between plates. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese to serve.