Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs with Pappardelle

Tender meatballs stuffed with oozy mozzarella, served in a rich tomato sauce with pappardelle. Loved by kids and adults alike!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Any Time Of the year
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Author Nicky Corbishley

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 4 good quality sausages taken out of their skins use gluten free sausages if required
  • 500 g lean minced beef
  • 50 g panko or fresh breadcrumbs (gluten free grated bread works great)
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 200 g pack mozzarella, chopped into 24 chunks (2 extra, just in case)

Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 120 ml red wine
  • 800 g fresh tomatoes or 2x400g (14oz) tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 heaped tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of salt and pepper

also:

  • 75 g 2.6 oz of pappardelle per person (use gluten free if required)
  • Grated parmesan and a bit of parsley or basil to serve

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375f.
  • Mix all of the meatball ingredients except the mozzarella in a bowl with your hands. Squash it all together but don’t overmix as this will make the meatballs tough. Take a golf-ball chunk of the mix in your hands and flatten it into a pattie. The place a chunk of mozzarella in the middle and wrap the meat around. Roll into a ball and place on a baking tray, then repeat with the rest of the mix. Put in the oven for about 20 mins. Keep an eye on them toward the end of the cooking time and turn the oven down a little if they start going too dark.
  • Put the water on to heat for the pasta.
  • Whilst the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce. Fry the onions in the olive oil on a low heat for about 5 mins. Add the garlic, and cook for another couple of mins. Add the red wine and let it bubble for a couple of minutes.
  • At this point the water will probably be boiling, so put the papparedelle on to cook for about 12 minutes
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, oregano and salt and pepper to the sauce and let it bubble until the meatballs and pasta are ready. If using fresh tomatoes, give them a bit of a squish a couple of times during cooking. Also, if you have the rind leftover from the parmesan you can bung it in there too – to add a bit more flavour (just remember to take it out before serving).
  • Drain the pappardelle and put on plates, then add the meatballs to the sauce and give them a quick mix. Place the meatballs onto the pasta (I usually serve 4 meatballs per adult and 2 for children) and garnish with some grated parmesan and parsley or basil.

Notes

Nutritional Information is per serving, without serving of pasta or parmesan.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1395IU | Vitamin C: 21.6mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 3.3mg
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