Meatball Bake

meatball bake
Perfectly juicy, tender meatballs are possible in one pan. This Meatball Bake starts with a simple tomato and garlic sauce and then it's as simple as submerging the meatballs and allowing them to cook. A golden cheese crust finishes this dish off and it's perfect served with fresh bread to mop up the sauce or a bowl of pasta.


  • 500g regular beef mince (see note 1)
  • 250g pork mince (see note 1)
  • 1 onion, grated (see note 2)
  • 2/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C fan.
  2. Place the meatball ingredients in a large bowl, mix until just combined. Measure out a tbsp of mixture and roll out the meatballs. .
  3. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a large, ovenproof skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Add the passata and chicken stock. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  5. Gently submerge the meatballs into the sauce so they are evenly distributed in the pan.
  6. Using a spoon, ladle some of the sauce on top of each meatball (they may not be completely submerged under the sauce which is fine, the sauce will stop them drying out).
  7. Sprinkle the top generously with cheese. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden and the meatballs are cooked through. 
  8. Serve with your favourite sides (see note 3).

Note 1 – Regular, 20% fat beef mince is required for this recipe (not lean beef as it will produce dry and tough meatballs). You can choose to omit the pork mince completely and substitute it with more beef mince.

Note 2 – Grating the onions will ensure the meatballs are extra juicy and flavour packed. Don’t miss this step!

Note 3 – Serve with fresh bread or garlic bread and a fresh salad. The sauce consistency is thin, perfect for dipping.

Can meatball bake be frozen? Yes. Once cooked, freeze individual portions in air-tight containers for up to 2 months. Alternatively freeze the meatballs once they are formed. Place on a tray, freeze and then transfer to a reusable sandwich bag once frozen (to stop them sticking). You can add the frozen meatballs into the sauce at the same time as the recipe states. Cook them on the stove in the sauce for 5-8 minutes to begin the defrosting process. Finish the bake as per the recipe.



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