We love meatballs! If you make your own at home, you know exactly what’s gone into them and you can add lots of lovely flavours, too. They are easy to make and the kids love them.
These are really tasty, I used turkey mince (very lean and great value) and added leeks and freshly grated Grano Padano cheese for extra flavour to make turkey and leek meatballs. Serve with lots of tagliatelle pasta and tomato sauce and everyone is happy! If you wanted to, you could use an onion, but my kids prefer leeks. You can also add a teaspoon of mustard or even a tablespoon of ketchup for something a bit different.
I’m really pleased to be taking part in the Lean on Turkey recipe challenge, as we’re really keen to eat more turkey, instead of beef or pork and red meat. This time, the challenge was to create a pizza or pasta meal for the family for under £10.
The total cost of this meal was £9.91 from Ocado, but in fact, the turkey breast mince was on special offer (3 for £10) instead of £4.50 for one 500g packet so I was able to freeze a couple of packets for another time, too. Grano Padano cheese is a great alternative to the slightly more expensive Parmigiano Reggiano, which is worth keeping an eye out for as it brings the costs down a little.
Turkey and Leek Meatballs with Tomato Tagliatelle
Quick to make, homemade meatballs with leeks and tomato sauce
1 large leek, finely chopped
1 clove garlic
500 g turkey mince ( thigh or breast)
2 slices bread (stale bread is best)
½ cup water
50 g Grano Padano cheese, grated
Salt and pepper
500 g fresh or dried tagliatelle pasta
350 g ( one pot) tomato and basil sauce
- Fry the leeks in a tablespoon of olive oil for a couple of minutes until soft. Grate in the garlic clove, stir well, set to one side.
- Take a large bowl and add the turkey mince, the egg and the leeks and garlic. Soak the slices of bread in water and add that to the mince, breaking it up a little with your hands. Add in the grated Grano Padano cheese and a good twist of salt and pepper. Mix everything together really well – best to do this with your (clean) hands.
- Using wet hands or an ice-cream scoop, make golf-sized balls. Place them on a flat chopping board while you make the rest.
- Heat another couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the meatballs, turning them around until they are nice and golden all over. You might need to do this in a couple of batches.
- In the meantime, take a large pan of salted water on to boil and cook your pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Put all the cooked meatballs back into the pan and pour over the tomato sauce, turn down the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- When ready, mx the meatballs and sauce with the tagliatelle and serve.
- £1.99 – tomato and Basil Sauce
- £1.75 – fresh tagliatelle
- £4.50 – turkey breast mince (500g)
- 60p – large leek
- 20p – large egg
- 10p – garlic (one clove)
- 12p – bread (2 slices)
- 65p -Grano Padano cheese (50g)
- Olive oil, store cupboard
- Salt and Pepper, store cupboard
£9.91 at Ocado
Sponsored Post + cost of ingredients covered
With many thanks to Lean On Turkey for asking me to create a recipe for them
Have you tried making your own meatballs at home? What’s your favourite family meal? Let me know if you try these!
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