Cheesy meatball bake

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Serves: 4

By CathedralCity

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp tomato puree

  • 130g cheddar grated

  • 400g lean beef mince

  • 400g chopped tomato

  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional)

  • 500g semi-skimmed milk

  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped

  • 3 tbsp cornflour

  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs chopped

Method

  1. Mix together the mince, salt and pepper, then shape into balls that are just a bit smaller than golf balls. Bake in the pre-heated oven until brown all over. Remove and set aside while making the sauce.
  2. Add the onions to the same pan and fry for 5 minutes or until soft and slightly golden. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute.
  3. Pour over the tomatoes, tomato puree and then add the fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Add the meatballs back to the pan and cook for 15 minutes while you make the cheese sauce
  4. Heat the oven to 200C. Heat the milk in a non-stick milk pan until tiny bubbles start to form around the edges. Place the cornflour into a small dish and pour over 5 tablespoons of the hot milk. Mix together to form a paste then return it to back to the milk pan.
  5. Over a low heat stir the milk until it starts to thicken. It will get lumpy as it thickens but it will eventually smooth out. Add cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste.
  6. Pour the meatballs into an ovenproof dish, and then coat them with cheese sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Handy Hint

Serve with pasta and fresh vegetables to create a wholesome main meal, or use skimmed milk to reduce fat and saturated fat content further.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Main Course

  • Meat

  • Make Ahead

  • beef

  • cheese

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  • SerendipitousHarlot 25/03/09 13:01

    I made this last night and it was delicious. Be careful though, it's really rich, so don't dish yourself up too much!

  • Maiakins 17/03/09 17:20

    I made this at lunch and it's really delicious. It is one of the few recipes that all my children AND my husband will eat together and enjoy (yes, we are a fussy family!) Thanks so much!

  • CathedralCity 04/03/09 11:25

    This cheesy recipe is always a hit with families during the cold winter months!