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Come try our 73p a head spaghetti meatballs that are perfect for the whole family. This is really easy to cook and can be saved for leftovers.

A cheap recipe for the whole family

This spaghetti meatball recipe comes in at just 73p per person for a family of four. This spaghetti meatball recipe is so easy to cook and is great if you are a beginner cook looking for something gorgeous that the whole can eat.

This meatball recipe includes making homemade meatballs and the sauce yourself. Please don’t be put off! It’s really simple to do and tastes so much better then the shop brought version.

 

The great thing is that you can make the sauce and the meatballs the night before if you prefer or even put them into a slow cooker to cook while you are out for the day.

The flavors in the sauce are divine and can be used for any other tomato-based dish like spaghetti bolognese or lasagne.

The meatballs go great in a New York sub-style sandwich as well with chips on the side.

This meatball recipe goes perfect with homemade garlic bread and then a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top if you like it.

 

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Spaghetti Meatball Recipe

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prep and about 45 minutes to cook. Once it’s all in you can leave it though so don’t think you have to keep watching it.

 

Complete spaghetti meatball recipe shopping list

500g minced meat £1.99

2 onion 16p

3 glove garlic 7p

1 egg 10p

1 tsp salt 2p

2 tsp low cal spray 10p

1 tin passata 32p

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 3p

Half tablespoon sugar 5p

Half tablespoon salt 3p

210g Spaghetti 8p

Total: £2.95 = 73p a head

 

For the meatballs you will need:

500g lean minced meat. This could be fresh or frozen.

1 onion chopped finely

1 garlic glove chopped

1 egg

tsp salt

Tomato sauce

500g passata

1 onion

2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

tsp sugar

tsp salt

 

Spaghetti Meatball Instructions

Add the minced meat, 1 chopped onion, crushed garlic, egg and salt.

If you like your meatballs spicy then you could also add chopped chilli flakes or Spicentice do a great spice pack that livens the dish up. Remember to use our code LASAVE20 for 20% off every purchase*.

 

Mix the ingredients together with your hands and make them into ball shapes. They should be quite small. We made about 16 small balls.

Leave them in a fridge while you prep the rest of the dish.

 

Preheat your oven to 200C. Put your meatballs on a baking tray on some greaseproof paper. Spray the meatballs and bake for around 30 minutes or in till they are cooked through.

 

For the sauce:

Put the pan on a low heat. Cooked the second onion and add the garlic. Cook for a minute.

 

Stir in the passata with the salt and sugar. Then add the balsamic vinegar with about 150ml of water. Put the lid on and cook in till bubbling. Then turn off the heat.

 

Once the meatballs are cooked through add them to the sauce. Put the lid back on and simmer on a low heat for about 10 minutes.

 

At this point put the spaghetti on a boil and follow the pack instructions.

 

Serve them all piping hot.

 

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Spaghetti Meatball Recipe For 73p a Head

Spaghetti Meatball Recipe For 73p a Head

This yummy meatball recipe is really easy to make for even beginner cooks and can be made in advance too. The sauce is simple and can be frozen for another day.

Get the kids to help rolling the meatballs for a complete family experience.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500g lean minced meat. This could be fresh or frozen.
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 1 garlic glove chopped
  • 1 egg
  • tsp salt
  • Tomato sauce
  • 500g passata
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • tsp sugar
  • tsp salt

Instructions

    1. Add the minced meat, 1 chopped onion, crushed garlic, egg and salt. If you like your meatballs spicy then you could also add chopped chilli flakes or Spicentice do a great spice pack that livens the dish up. Remember to use our code LASAVE20 for 20% off every purchase*.
    2. Mix the ingredients together with your hands and make them into ball shapes. They should be quite small. We made about 16 small balls.
    3. Leave them in a fridge while you prep the rest of the dish.
    4. Preheat your oven to 200C. Put your meatballs on a baking tray on some greaseproof paper. Spray the meatballs and bake for around 30 minutes or in till they are cooked through.

    For the sauce:

    1. Put the pan on a low heat. Cooked the second onion and add the garlic. Cook for a minute.

    2. Stir in the passata with the salt and sugar. Then add the balsamic vinegar with about 150ml of water. Put the lid on and cook in till bubbling. Then turn off the heat.

    3. Once the meatballs are cooked through add them to the sauce. Put the lid back on and simmer on a low heat for about 10 minutes.

    4. At this point put the spaghetti on a boil and follow the pack instructions.

    5. Serve pipping hot.

Notes

You can add frozen vegetables to this if you like your sauce chunky.

Serve this with our homemade garlic bread too.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 397Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 158mgSodium 1442mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 37g

Please check that this information is correct before you consume.

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