Cheesy Italian Meatball Pan Bake


Prep time
5 mins
Cooking time
1 hour
Serves 6
A delicious twist on cheesy meatballs and sauce!
1 small onion, grated
250g lean beef mince
125g breadcrumbs
1tsp crushed fennel seeds
1tsp dried oregano
1 egg
Olive oil for frying
150g mozzarella, grated
50g mascarpone
1 jar Smoky Tomato & Garlic Sauce

Cooking Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5.

  2. Put the onion, beef mince, breadcrumbs, fennel seeds, oregano and egg in a mixing bowl. Mix together and shape into 20 medium sized meatballs.
    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and brown the meatballs until almost cooked through.

  3. Add jar of Smoky Tomato & Garlic Sauce to the meatballs. Fill empty jar with water, shake and pour over too. Simmer and stir for 2 minutes.
    Transfer the meatballs mixture into a casserole dish.

  4. Separately, in a bowl, mix 100g mozzarella with the mascarpone. Spoon the cheese mix over the meatballs. Scatter over remaining mozzarella.

  5. Bake for 10 minutes until the meatballs are piping hot and the cheese is melted. Serve with pasta and garlic bread.