Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Meatballs in tomato sauce, sounds delicious, right? Check out our new recipe - healthy, easy and fast. All moms love cooking this dish for their kids.

15 patties
Time: 40 minutes
Age: 12+ months


400ml tomato passata
400g lean beef mince
50g white onion
40ml whole milk
2 large eggs
1 medium white bread slice
2 garlic cloves 
2 Tbsp grated Parmigiano (optional)
2 Tbsp fresh parsley
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano


  • Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking sheet with aluminium foil.
  • In a small bowl, break up the bread and soak it in the milk until it has all been absorbed.
  • Finely chop the parsley and rosemary, and crush the garlic.
  • In a large bowl place the meat, eggs, parsley, rosemary and half the minced garlic.
  • Squeeze the bread to get rid of excess milk and add it to the bowl. Save the milk for the tomato sauce.
  • Thoroughly mix the ingredients together with your hands.
  • Taking a couple of tablespoon of mixture at a time, create small meat patties and place them on the baking tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan on a medium heat.
  • Finely chop the onion and add it to the pan.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add the remaining half of the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add the passata, milk and oregano and stir well. 
  • Place the baked patties in the passata, mixing well to make sure they’re all covered in sauce.
  • Finish cooking the patties in the sauce on a medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  • If using, sprinkle over the Parmigiano and serve.
  • Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 2 days.
  • You can freeze raw patties for up to 3 months and bake as needed at 200C for 10-15 minutes. Then continue cooking in the tomato sauce as per recipe.



Nutrition Information Typical Values: 

Nutrient per 100g per serving (58g)

541kJ/ 129kcal

314kJ/ 75kcal


of which saturates






of which sugars





Protein 15g


Salt 0.25g 0.15g
Niacin 3.1mg (19%) 1.8mg
Vitamin B6 0.21mg (15%) 0.12mg
Vitamin B12 0.88ug (35%) 0.51ug

% reference intake of an average adult (8400kJ/2000kcal)