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If you're stumped for dinner inspiration, making a few meatballs can be very therapeutic after a day at work. A tablespoon of yoghurt or crème fraiche to counteract the sweetness of the tomato works a treat. At a pinch, you could substitute a tin of tomatoes for the tomato sauce. Or of course, make your own. This recipe is easy to scale up. Eat it alone, or with spaghetti and a green salad.


  • 350g minced beef
  • 1-2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • Splash milk
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan, coarsely grated
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Oil to cook
  • Jar tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp yoghurt or crème fraîche
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Mix the beef, breadcrumbs, milk, Parmesan and parsley. Sauté the onion for 5 minutes, then add to the beef mix and season well.
  2. Mix with your hands or a wooden spoon and form into small balls (damp hands are definitely best for this).
  3. Quickly brown in oil, transfer to a small casserole dish (or saucepan with a lid) and add the tomato sauce and yoghurt. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.
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