Recipe by Ingela’s Kitchen 


I became a mum I got obsessed with cooking healthy and nutritious food from scratch for my family. I spent a lot of time trying out family-friendly recipes and adapting them to suit our taste and needs. When it was time to go back to work, I realised that my passion was to help busy parents like me feed their families home-cooked, nutritious dinners every night of the week.  Cooking with Supper has given me a chance to reach more parents. It’s taken me a long time to perfect my recipe for Italian meatballs, but with four thumbs up from my twins I think I’ve finally cracked it. My son takes his little stool, puts it in front of the fridge, opens the door and starts eating them straight from the fridge! I love to cook them as healthy and fresh as possible with ingredients such as lean beef mince, home-made bread crumbs, home-grown herbs and extra virgin olive oil.

Ingredients (6 portions)

  • 1kg lean minced beef
  • 2 slices of stale bread
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Handful of fresh chopped basil
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 350g penne pasta
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 * 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large handful chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


Tomato sauce: 

Carefully fry the garlic in the olive oil, add the oregano and tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. Add the basil leaves, salt and pepper.  



Add the meat to a bowl, use a food processor to make bread crumbs out of the bread slices. Add the bread crumbs, oregano, cumin, rosemary, egg, garlic, salt and pepper.  

Mix properly. Using slightly wet hands form the meat into the size of balls you prefer. 

Heat a casserole to a very high heat, add the olive oil, swirl it around, add the meatballs and brown them in batches, turn occasionally. 

Reduce the heat to a medium-low, add the tomato sauce, fresh chopped basil and grated parmesan, cover the pan and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Add the pasta, sprinkle some parmesan and serve. 

Boil the pasta according to package instructions. 


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