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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Jul-12 16:59:05

We've been asked by the team behind the new Wall's "Perfect for Pasta" Sausageballs to find your best recipes featuring pasta and sausageballs or meatballs.

For those of you who haven't heard of them yet, Wall's "Perfect for Pasta" Sausageballs are sausage meatballs that can be cooked in under 20 minutes and added to your family's favourite pasta dishes.

Wall's are keen to find the tastiest recipe for their sausage balls - there are already three featured on their Facebook page but they'd love to include some from Mumsnetters too.

It doesn't matter whether you've used this product already or not. We are just looking for your (or your childrens') favourite recipe featuring meatballs (could be home made or bought) - do share your top recipe and tips for using this type of product with pasta. It could be something simple like a 30 minute week day family meal or one you'd be happy to serve for a special occasion.

Please post on this thread to tell us your most favourite meal recipe that includes meatballs and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky winner will win a £100 Amazon voucher. Wall's will also include recipes on their Facebook page (MN names will not be used)

Thanks, MNHQ

Bake sausage meatballs while soaking lasagne sheets in hot water. Fold lasagne round the meatballs to make giant ravioli, serve with a tomato sauce (tin of tomatoes, garlic, chopped onion, seasoning)

glitch Sat 21-Jul-12 10:37:08

I usually put meatballs in a red pepper sauce.
Fry an onion until soft, add a tin of tomatoes and a drop of water, then add a jar of drained, roughly chopped, roasted red peppers (sooooo much cheaper and easier than roasting the yourself!). Cover and simmer for about 10-15 mins then whizz up with a hand blender. Add in the cooked meatballs and serve with spaghetti.

Bunbaker Sat 21-Jul-12 11:26:54

Funnily enough we had sausage meatballs in tomato sauce last night.

This is how I made them:
Fry a finely chopped onion and carrot in some olive oil until softened. Add some dried oregano and about a dessertspoon of tomato puree and fry for a minute or two more. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a dessertspoonful of very lazy caramelised onions and season. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Blend until smooth and add a bit of water if too thick.
Fry sausage meatballs until cooked through and cramelised on the outside. Serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti.

"Why do they have to have starch and wheat in them?"

Our local butcher did a sausage making demo recently and he said that they add rusk to minced pork because it helps bind the meat together.

Badgerina Sat 21-Jul-12 12:49:46

Sausage balls. They don't sound very appetising hmm

Annunziata Sat 21-Jul-12 13:02:42

Meatball lasagna (I use my own meatballs)

Layers of lasagna sheets (already cooked), pasta sauce (see below), ricotta, mozzarella and the meatballs. Finish with parmesan. Cook for about half an hour.

Sauce: brown 2 gloves of garlic in olive oil and then remove. Add a blended mix of 2 tins of tomatoes and 2 freshly chopped tomatoes, 1 spoonful of salt and a basil leaf.

Annunziata Sat 21-Jul-12 13:03:27

Oops- then leave the sauce to cook for about 20-25 minutes.

Bunbaker Sat 21-Jul-12 13:07:39

"Sausage balls. They don't sound very appetising"

Only if you don't like sausages. They are just sausagemeat rolled into balls rather than formed into sausages. I make my own using good quality sausages. I just skin them and make little walnut sized balls and fry them until nice and browned on the outside and cooked in the middle.

Glitterfairys Sat 21-Jul-12 16:02:24

I would do a sausage meatball pasta dish that would be ideal served hot and then leftovers served cold for lunches the next day.
I would roast some cherry tomatoes, red onion and a sliced red and green pepper in olive oil and some balsamic vinegar until cooked .
Cook the pasta and then when ready , drain and stir in some red pesto, the sausage meatballs and the roasted vegetables . My husband and kids love this and my son takes to school the next day smile

LegoAcupuncture Sat 21-Jul-12 20:52:14

grin Geraldine

We like meatball subs in this house.

Ciabatta or sub type rolls, cut in half and stick under the grill for a minute or so
Add meatballs
Add tomato based sauce (usually use the fresh tomato and basil pasta sauce from the chiller aisle)
Put grated cheese on other side of opened roll and grill for 30 seconds
Add mixed peppers or salad
Close and enjoy.

MegBusset Sat 21-Jul-12 22:18:52

I do spaghetti and meatballs for the kids (DH and I are vegetarian!). For the sauce I just chop an onion and garlic, fry for a couple of minutes then add one tin chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp tomato puree, a shake of balsamic vinegar, and Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Cover and stew for 20 mins then blitz in the food processor. Dead easy and very yummy.

We use Swedish-style meatballs that they sell in Sainsbury's, even to a veggie they smell very tasty!

charlieandlola Sat 21-Jul-12 22:39:41

Nigel Slater's Sausages, mustard and basil pasta is a winner in our house . Really quick and delish

HannahLI Sat 21-Jul-12 22:42:15

I usually do a simple tomato based sauce to go with meatballs and pasta twirls that my husband and my kids love and it really simple.

Glug of olive oil in saucepan
Chopped red onion and a clove of garlic chopped
Chopped mushrooms
Tin of tomatoes chopped
Black olives chopped
Glug of soy sauce
Glug of Worcester sauce
Splash of tomato purée
Splash of tomato ketchup
Season with pepper

Leave to simmer so the flavours do there magic! Really easy and I nearly always have all the ingredients or you can adapt it easily too!

maples Sun 22-Jul-12 10:27:13

We love the meatball recipe from the baby led weaning cookbook - has been DS's favourite since he was 9 months!

tigercametotea Sun 22-Jul-12 15:12:08

This is a recipe I use often with cut up sausages which is easily adaptable for sausage meatballs.

You can either make roasted peppers from placing fresh peppers on a baking tray and baking on high heat for about 15 mins until peppers look charred and then removing the skins. Or use a jar of ready roasted peppers from the supermarket. Just make sure you chop the peppers up into slices or bite size chunks. Set aside.

Use a fork to pierce the meat in a few places, then place the meat in the pan and add cold water until it comes up to about a quarter of an inch in the pan. On medium heat, broil the meat until meat is cooked and most of the water has disappeared. This may take up to 15 minutes.

Turn off heat and remove meat from pan and keep aside.

Dowse the pan with the meat juices still in it, with half a cup of white wine. Then add a teaspoon of salt with one chopped onion and a few cloves of chopped garlic, add a tablespoon of olive oil and fry for a few minutes until the onion has softened and become translucent.

Add a chopped chilli (or dried chilli flakes or some cayenne pepper), a pound of fresh diced tomatoes (or a can of chopped or plum tomatoes), pinch of oregano, thyme and 2 stalks of parsley chopped fine, into the pan. Leave to simmer and bubble for about 5 mins for the flavours to meld.

Then turn heat off. Stir in the chopped roasted peppers and the reserved cooked meatballs or chopped sausages. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Stir half of the sauce into the cooked pasta and serve into plates. And place a dollop of the remaining sauce and meat on top of each serving. Add parmesan on top (grated or shavings).

Serve.

workshy Sun 22-Jul-12 18:21:12

brown off meatballs in a little olive oil and remove from the pan

sweat 1 red onion and a couple of garlic cloves
add 1 can of chopped tomatoes, oregano, plenty of black pepper and a pinch of sugar
at this point you can blend it if you have fussy buggers that don't like lumps
add the meatballs back into the sauce and cook until meatballs are cooked through
while it's cooking boil up any pasta of your choice
add the pasta to the meatballs and sauce, stir in 2 large tablespoons of red pesto and serve

mmmmm

think I might have that for my tea now grin

mrsbrooks Sun 22-Jul-12 21:01:55

Frank n mac - macaroni, raw green peppers diced, sliced cooked frankfurter sausage, diced white onion, sauce of cream fraiche and tomato purée, season and mix

CMOTDibbler Sun 22-Jul-12 21:07:24

S'not pasta, but we like meatball volcanos here - pile mash up, dipping the top in. Artfully arrange meatballs like boulders ejected from the volcano. Add tomato sauce (or tinned spaghetti) like lava.

Roseformeplease Sun 22-Jul-12 21:31:48

We mix tinned tomatoes and veg (peppers, onions and courgettes) and cook the meatballs in that. Alternatively, mushrooms, onions nd a splash of double cream. Both are delicious with meatballs.

PepeLePew Sun 22-Jul-12 21:53:33

Fry onions, garlic, peppers and carrots until soft
Add a tin of tomatoes, a pinch of sugar and a dash of balsamic vinegar
Leave to simmer
Taste, add ketchup (gives it a lovely richness) and a pinch of cumin
Add meatballs (I never fry them first, always add them straight to the sauce)
Serve with rice and cheese
Never fails with the dcs, it's their favourite meal

Saute onion in olive oil until translucent, add lots of thinly sliced mushrooms, cook until softened, then add garlic and crumble in half a pork stock cube. Then pour on half or three quarters of a pint of double cream. Simmer gently for 5 or 10 mins. Season.

In a separate frying pan gently fry meatballs until brown on the outside and cooked in the middle. Add to mushroom sauce, serve on a bed of tagliatelli. A bit high in fat, but very tasty.

Iggly Sun 22-Jul-12 22:43:49

For my toddler:

Fry chopped onion til clear, add chopped tomatoes (tinned). Whizz with hand blender, simmer. Fry meatballs til cooked, mix into the tomato sauce and add cooked pasta.

For me: cook meatballs, add a teaspoon of paprika, teaspoon of mustard and a dash of dry white wine. Reduce down. Add single cream then mix in cooked pasta. Yum!

EggsOvaryZee Mon 23-Jul-12 10:39:47

Fry onion in little olive oil, add garlic
Add thinly sliced yellow and orange pepper and courgette
Tin of tomatoes
1/2 stock cube (I use Gallo veg one)
½ teaspoon marmite and a few drops of Worchester sauce
Add a tin of hot dogs (these become almost melt in the mouth) and the meatballs – sounds odd to use sausages aswell, but we used to do this because we told our 2.5 yr old it was the 'Golf Game’ (The hot dogs were the ‘clubs’ and the meatballs the ‘balls’ – and she’d chase them round the bowl…)
Bay leaves
Large glug of red wine

Simmer for 20 mins

I'm now hungry....

aristocat Mon 23-Jul-12 10:49:27

mine is a simple easy recipe with tomato sauce.

meatballs...
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2lb freshly minced beef
2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs
1 egg, beaten
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp oil

tomato sauce.....
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
5¼oz fresh mozzarella, grated
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 x 400g/14oz chopped tomatoes

1.Heat oil in a pan over a gentle heat and add the onion and garlic. Cover and sweat for a few minutes, until soft and golden. Allow to cool.

2.In a bowl, mix the minced beef with the cold sweated onion and garlic. Add the herbs and the beaten egg. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

3. Divide the mixture into approximately 24 round balls. Cover the meatballs and refrigerate until required.

4.Now make the sauce, heat oil in a saute pan.

5.Add the sliced onion and garlic. Cook on a gentle heat until soft and pale golden.

6.Add chopped tomatoes.

7.Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

8.Cook the tomato sauce uncovered for approx 30 mins.

9.Heat a frying pan and cook the meatballs for about 10 mins in about three tablespoons of olive oil.

10.When they are cooked, put them into an ovenproof dish with the tomato sauce and top with the grated mozzarella. Place under a preheated grill until the cheese has melted.

11.Serve with spaghetti. Enjoy smile

mmmmmm ...... cooking this tonight!

ScorpionQueen Mon 23-Jul-12 13:38:05

Fry the meatballs with onion and garlic then add a tin of chopped tomatoes(2 for more than 4 people), 2 grated carrots (optional but sneaky), herbs, salt and pepper to taste.
Cook enough pasta for the family until it is half cooked.
Drain and add to a large baking dish.
Add the sauce and gently stir through.
Sprinkle with grated cheese and breadcrumbs for a crispy cheesy topping.
Bake for 30 mins or until top is nicely crispy.
Serve with salad or crusty garlic bread or both.
Enjoy.
smile

nextphase Mon 23-Jul-12 17:56:07

Pork Meatballs with Green Pepper and Coriander (for 4)

Brown the meatballs, add a finely sliced green pepper, a finely sliced onion and 2 cloves of garlic, and fry til veg is cooked.
Add half a veg stock cube, a teaspoon of whole coriander seeds, a grind of black pepper and a tablespoon of flour. Stir til mixed, then pour in a glass of white wine. Bring to the boil, and then serve over pasta. With fresh parsley scattered over the top if you desire.

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