bocconcini-stuffed meatballs

with tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup (35g) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 700g pork mince
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 12 baby bocconcini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • finely grated parmesan and micro (baby) coriander (cilantro) leaves, or basil leaves, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 240°C (475°F). Place the milk and breadcrumbs in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the pork, salt, pepper and half the garlic to the bowl and mix for 2–3 minutes or until very well combined.
  2. Roll 2 tablespoonfuls of mixture into 12 balls and press a bocconcini into the centre of each meatball. Place a large heavy-based saucepan in the oven to for 10 minutes or until hot.
  3. Add the oil and meatballs and return to the oven for 10–15 minutes or until golden brown. Add the tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and remaining garlic and cook for a further 15–20 minutes or until sauce is slightly reduced. Sprinkle with the parmesan and basil to serve. Serves 4

Reader ratings (0)
ellie nisbet

This is so easy and tasty and my family love it !

Kaitlin Bartlett

This recipe was soooo delicious! It’s simple and the results were outstanding.
I had to trade the bocconcini for mozzeralla as I’m pregnant, and we had it with pappardelle pasta.

donna hay team

Hi Sally, no problem at all to make the day before. Enjoy! The dh team

Justine Griffin

This is now a family favourite! It’s fast, easy, tasty and no mess. Ticks all of the boxes. I use balsamic vinegar for extra kick and add to pasta to stretch! Thank you Donna Hay and your amazing team!

Sally Noble

Could these be prepared and left in the fridge the day before you need to cook them? thanks





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