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Easy One-Pan Meatballs and Sauce

This classic but delicious one-pan meatball and sauce recipe is sure to become a firm family favourite! With tender meatballs simmered in a flavourful tomato sauce, this dish is both satisfying and comforting with a slight BCO kick!

Ingredients for Meatballs:

  • 500g beef mince 
  • 2 eggs
  • 120g breadcrumbs
  • 10g parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • Salt and black pepper to season

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • 2 cans of tomato puree
  • 1 can of whole peeled tomato (hand crushed) 
  • 500ml beef or vegetable stock
  • 50g tomato paste
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 dried cloves
  • 10g basil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 40ml Banhoek Chilli Oil
  • 20ml Olive oil
  • 1 packet pasta of choice


  • In a large bowl add the mince, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt, parsley, garlic, black pepper and mix till thoroughly combined. Then portion into small golf ball sized balls and set aside.
  • In a large pan on low heat add the olive oil and Banhoek Chilli Oil add the onions and sauté until translucent.
  • Add the meatballs and brown but don’t burn the onions.
  • Once the meatballs have browned, add the garlic, tomato purée and half of the whole peeled tomato can.
  • Mix the stock, tomato paste and sugar with the other half of the whole peeled tomato and add to the pan.
  • Lastly, add the cloves, black pepper, and a pasta of your choice.
  • Stir everything together, ensuring both the pasta and meatballs are covered with the sauce.
  • Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring constantly to ensure nothing sticks to the pan and catches.
  • After about 25 minutes, once the pasta is cooked, take the pan off of the heat, add the basil and stir it through.

Serve up and garnish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. For an extra kick of flavour, drizzle over some Banhoek Chilli Oil! 🍝🌶️