Spaghetti with meatballs is a favourite for many.

Although, it’s a simple recipe, it’s not always quick! This delicious recipe will have dinner on the table for you and your family or friends within 25 minutes! It’s pure comfort food without the millions of calories! (Substitute whole wheat pasta for an even healthier meal!)

Recipe: Pasta with Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Serving Size: 2/3


  • . 1 lb minced beef or lamb
  • . 2 medium onions (one chopped, one finely chopped)
  • . 1 clove chopped garlic (or garlic paste)
  • . 1 tin of cherry or plum tomatoes
  • . ¼ cup orange juice
  • . 1 tbsp ketchup
  • . ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • . pinch of garlic salt/powder
  • . salt and pepper
  • . olive oil
  • . basil leaves
  • . Pasta of your choice


  1. In a small pot or pan, heat up approximately a tablespoon of olive oil and add the chopped garlic (or garlic paste) and chopped onion.
  2. Let the mixture soften and brown very slightly.
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes. Let the sauce cook on a low heat.
  4. Meanwhile, take the minced meat and mix with the finely chopped onion. (You may use a large spoon but clean hands are best). Make sure the onion is evenly mixed in and add a pinch of garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix in again.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients to the sauce. (Orange juice, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, a 2 teaspoons salt and a pinch of pepper.)
  6. With your hands take a handful of the meat mixture and shape the meat into a ball shape (about the size of a golf ball). Set aside on a separate plate. This should make about 17 meatballs.)
  7. While the sauce is cooking, heat up approximately a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the raw meatballs to the pan and let cook. Once they have cooked on one side, turn them over. Make sure they are cooked on all sides.
  8. Leave the meatballs to cook on a low heat whilst the sauce also cooks for a bit longer.
  9. Whilst your choice of pasta (may be substituted for rice or quinoa) boils, pour the sauce into the pan of meatballs and mix in, leaving to cook on a low heat.
  10. Just before you drain the pasta, take half of a cup of the boiling pasta water and pour into the meatballs and sauce. Mix around. Add one or two basil leaves.
  11. Drain the pasta. Mix the pasta in with the sauce and serve. Sprinkle some fresh basil leaves and a teaspoon of olive oil for presentation!

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I'm a twenty-two year old English student. I have dabbled in a little bit of acting and psychology, as well as drama therapy for children but my main passion is food and food journalism. If I can find some way to combine all of those ingredients into one recipe,it would be ideal. I have yet to find a match but will continue to enjoy my search.

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