Tuscan Meatballs

Classic Italian spaghetti and meatballs in a recipe that is easy to prepare.

Ingredients (4 serves)

  • 800g beef mince
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 x 400 gram can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pkt. Tuscan Meatball Recipe Base (Masterfoods)
  • 1 red chili, seeds removed and finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes
  • shaved parmesan cheese (garnish)
  • some fresh Italian parsley springs for garnish (optional)


  1. combine the mince, parsley, egg and breadcrumbs
  2. using small spoonfuls of the mixture, make up golf-ball sized meatballs
  3. using the oil in a frying pan, brown the meatballs turning frequently until cooked though
  4. add tomatoes, crushed garlic, chili, and recipe mix, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a simmer
  5. cook on low for a further 15-20 min. while preparing the spaghetti
  6. serve meatballs and sauce over spaghetti
  7. garnish with the shaved parmesan and parsley sprigs

Source: Originally based on the directions on the back of the Masterfoods recipe base and enhanced over time with additions of garlic and chili.

One response to “Tuscan Meatballs”

  1. Carol

    It looks like toads boiling in blood, but it’s delicious!