Melting Meatballs Family Bake

What you need


  • 400g beef mince
  • 400g pork mince
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, bashed a bit
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • cooked pasta
  • 2 balls mozzarella
  • 1 block fontina

For the sauce:

  • 1.5kg tomato passata
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 glasses red wine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Add the breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl and add the milk. Leave to sit for 10 minutes, then mash with a fork. To this, add all of the other meatball ingredients. Mix well with your hands and form into balls. Place on an oiled baking tray and grill, turning half way, for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, get on with your sauce. Fry your onions in the oil until translucent. Add the garlic and fry briefly. Add the wine, cook away, then add the tomato passata. Add sugar, salt and oregano. Cook down for 20 minutes.
  3. Add a third of your sauce to a large baking dish. Add cooked pasta. Stir to combine. Add meatballs to the pasta. Spoon on lots more sauce. Top with the cheeses, ripped up a bit, a little basil if you fancy.
  4. Bake at 220°C for 15 minutes, or until bubbly and melted.
  5. Destroy!
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