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Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Rating
4.5rating out of 5

(871 reviews from our customers)

Prep Time

45 min

Cuisine

Italian

Annabel’s Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake is the perfect ‘smiles all round’ supper for the whole family (even the fussiest of family members will agree!) The secret ingredient? Annabel adds grated apple to the meatballs to give a natural sweetness kids will love. Plus, it’s a great way towards their 5-a-day!

Prep Time

45 min

Cuisine

Italian

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Ingredients
For 2 people (double for 4)
can of chopped tomatoes 1
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 British apple
1 apple
Onion
1 brown onion
garlic-clove
1 garlic clove
basil 3.18
10g basil
Fresh-Thyme
5g thyme
Cheddar-cheese
40g mature cheddar †
Rennet-Free-parmesan
40g Italian hard cheese †
Panko breadcrumbs edit
30g panko breadcrumbs †
British beef mince 2
250g British beef mince
Tricoloured pasta twists
150g tricoloured pasta twists †
Sundried tomato nut pesto pot
45g sun-dried tomato nut pesto †
You Will Need
Pepper, salt, sugar, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 10g basil
  • 5g thyme
  • 40g cheddar cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 40g Italian hard cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 250g British beef mince
  • 150g tricoloured pasta twists<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 45g sun-dried tomato nut pesto<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 657 kJ
157 kcal
3910 kJ
934 kcal
Fat
of which saturates
4.6 g
2 g
27.3 g
12.2 g
Carbohydrate
of which sugars
15.1 g
3.3 g
89.7 g
19.8 g
Fibre 1.5 g 8.8 g
Protein 8.5 g 50.8 g
Salt 0.3 g 1.77 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
chopped tomatoes 99.8%, salt
1 apple
apple
1 brown onion
brown onion
1 garlic clove
garlic
10g basil
basil (100%)
5g thyme
thyme (100%)
40g cheddar cheese
pasteurised cows milk, cream, salt, vegetarian rennet, lactic acid culture
40g Italian hard cheese
pasteurised cows milk, salt, vegetable rennet, starter, calcium chloride (e509)
30g panko breadcrumbs
wheat flour (gluten), sugar, salt, yeast
250g British beef mince
beef (100%)
150g tricoloured pasta twists
durum wheat semolina (gluten), dehydrated tomato (4%), dehydrated spinach (3%), water
45g sun-dried tomato nut pesto
tomato purée, sunflower seed oil, basil (10%), sun-dried tomatoes (4%), Red Peppers (sulphites), cashew nut, Grana Padano PDO cheese (milk, egg), Pecorino Romano PDO cheese (milk), carrots, pine kernels, acidity regulator: lactic acid; extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, antioxidants: rosemary extract. May contain peanut & nuts
Allergens
  • Allergens highlighted by † (milk, gluten, sulphites, egg, nut)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ 425°F/ Gas 7

Peel and grate the apple[s], discarding the core[s]

Strip the thyme leaves from their stems and chop them finely

Grate the Italian hard cheese 

2 Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Add the grated apple, chopped thyme leaves, grated cheese, panko breadcrumbs and beef mince to a large bowl with a generous pinch of salt and mix very thoroughly until fully combined

Divide the mixture into 12 [24] and shape them into meatballs

3 Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) with a matching lid with a drizzle of vegetable oil over a medium-low heat 

Once hot, add the meatballs and cook for 3-4 min or until browned on all sides

Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the brown onion[s]

Peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic 

 

4 Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Once browned, transfer the meatballs to a plate and set aside until later 

Return the pan to a medium heat 

Once hot, add the chopped onion with a pinch of salt and cook for 5 min or until softened

Once softened, add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 min further 

 

5 Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Meanwhile, boil a kettle

Add the tricoloured pasta twists to a pot of boiled water with a large pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a high heat

Cook the pasta twists for 8-10 min or until cooked with a slight bite

Once cooked, drain the pasta twists, reserving a cup of the starchy pasta water

6 Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Once the onion has softened, add the chopped tomatoes, sun-dried tomato pesto and a generous pinch of sugar to the pan

Season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper and add the browned meatballs

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for 10-12 min or until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through

7 Annabel's Mighty Meatball Pasta Bake

Meanwhile, chop the basil finely, including the stalks

Grate the cheddar cheese

Once the meatballs are done, add the chopped basil, drained pasta twists and a splash of the starchy pasta water to the pan

Give everything a good old mix up, then transfer the mixture to an ovenproof dish

Top with the grated cheese

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Serve the mighty meatball pasta bake 

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