Meatballs with a roasted red pepper sauce
This Italian classic is a great midweek meal for the whole family. Most people have a pack of beef mince in the freezer and a few peppers and tomatoes hanging around and this dish makes them work hard! The sauce tastes fresh and light and is packed with vitamins. The lean steak mince is a great source of iron and protein making it perfect for growing children or those wanting to prevent anaemia.
Top Tip: Blended up it’s great for babies first meals and for older ones it makes for great finger food.
- 500g lean steak mince
- 1 large red bell pepper
- 1 handful of cherry tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1 red chilli (optional)
- zest of a lemon
- 1 tsp of dried rosemary
- 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 handful fresh basil (or 1 tbsp of dried basil)
- 1 tablespoon creme fraiche
- 250g spaghetti or linguini (or whatever pasta you want!)
- black pepper and salt
- 1. Heat oven to 200c/gas6
- 2. Remove the stalk, seeds and pips from from the pepper and put in a roasting dish with the tomatoes, garlic and chilli along with a good glug of olive oil and the rosemary.
- 3. Halve and peel the onion and throw in a food processor with the lemon zest and mustard. Blitz until the onions appear finely diced (but not pureed).
- 4. Empty the onion mix into a large bowl and add the steak mince and a good teaspoon of coarse black pepper. Mix it up!
- 5. Boil a pan of water and put in the pasta. Simmer until 'al dente' (about 20 minutes).
- 6. Once the veg has been in for 30 mins, remove the garlic and squeeze out the flesh from the paper husk and add with all the rest of the veg to the food processor with the basil and creme fraiche.
- 7. Roll the meat into little balls and put into a hot pan with a glug of olive oil. Keep giving them the occasional shake about for the 10 minutes or so it will take them to cook.
- 8. Add the sauce to the meatballs in the pan. Ensure it is well mixed and hot and serve up with the pasta! All done. Enjoy.
- Lots of vegetables: lots of vitamins!
- Beef mince: plenty of easily absorbed iron and protein