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Oct 6 2010 - 8:29am

Mini Meatballs with Tomato Sauce


  1. Meatballs
  2. 1 tbsp canola oil
  3. 1 onion, finely chopped
  4. Half small red bell pepper, diced
  5. 1 lb lean ground beef
  6. 1 apple, peeled and grated
  7. 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  8. 1 chicken bouillon cube, finely crumbled
  9. 2 tbsp cold water
  10. salt and freshly ground black pepper
  11. all purpose flour, for dusting
  12. 2 tbsp canola oil
  1. Tomato Sauce
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  4. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  5. Two and two third cups canned chopped tomatoes
  6. 1 1/2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  7. One third cup water
  8. salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season


To make the meatballs, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a pan and sauté the onion and bell pepper for about 5 minutes or until softened. Mix together with all the other ingredients for the meatballs and chop for a few seconds in a food processor. Using floured hands, form the mixture into about 20 meatballs. Heat the 2 tbsp canola oil in a frying pan and sauté the meatballs, turning occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until browned and sealed.

Meanwhile, to make the sauce, heat the olive oil and sauté the red onion for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. You can add a little more water if the sauce thickens too much. Add the meatballs, half cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. You need to be careful when stirring the meatballs in the sauce — if you are too vigorous, they may break up.

Serve with rice.

Makes 5 portions.

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