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Beef & Rice Meatballs

Overview

Preparation time
20 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Serves
4

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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp(40ml) olive oil
  • 2 medium brown onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 500g beef mince
  • ½ cup (50g) finely grated parmesan cheese, extra to serve
  • 1 cup (150g) cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup (100g) finely grated mixed vegetables (such as carrot, zucchini, sweet potato)
  • 2 x 400g cans pureed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp (40ml) Fountain Tomato Sauce
  • Pasta or mashed sweet potato and shaved parmesan to serve

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine mince, parmesan, rice and half the onion mixture in a bowl. Roll mixture into balls.
  3. Re-heat remaining onion mixture over medium heat. Add tomato puree and Fountain Tomato Sauce. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add vegetables and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are heated through.
  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs in batches, turning, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to the sauce. Simmer gently for 5 minutes or until just cooked through. Serve with pasta or mashed sweet potato and sprinkle with parmesan.