Arrabbiata meatball bake recipe

This midweek winner has all the makings of a classic Italian dish - homemade meatballs, tangy tomato sauce and a crispy cheese topping. Finish with fresh basil for a fresh flavour and some green beans for extra veggies.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Preparation

  1. Put the beef mince, onion, 1 tsp oregano and half the garlic in a bowl; season. Mix with clean hands to combine, then roll into 16 balls.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium-high heat  and fry the meatballs for 6-8 mins until golden brown all over. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C.

  3. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir to coat the meatballs. Cook for 3-4 mins until bubbling. Mix the remaining garlic, ½ tsp oregano, the bread and cheese in a bowl. 

  4. Stir the chopped basil and chilli, if using, into the sauce, then transfer to a roasting dish. Scatter with the cheesy croutons and drizzle with ½ tbsp oil. Bake for 15-20 mins until the topping is golden and crisp and the meatballs are cooked through.

  5. Meanwhile, boil the green beans for 2-3 mins until tender. Drain and serve with the bake, scattered with the whole basil leaves. 

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Preparation

  1. Put the beef mince, onion, 1 tsp oregano and half the garlic in a bowl; season. Mix with clean hands to combine, then roll into 16 balls.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium-high heat  and fry the meatballs for 6-8 mins until golden brown all over. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C.

  3. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir to coat the meatballs. Cook for 3-4 mins until bubbling. Mix the remaining garlic, ½ tsp oregano, the bread and cheese in a bowl. 

  4. Stir the chopped basil and chilli, if using, into the sauce, then transfer to a roasting dish. Scatter with the cheesy croutons and drizzle with ½ tbsp oil. Bake for 15-20 mins until the topping is golden and crisp and the meatballs are cooked through.

  5. Meanwhile, boil the green beans for 2-3 mins until tender. Drain and serve with the bake, scattered with the whole basil leaves.