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Beef Meatball Melt With Basil Oil

Beef Meatball Melt With Basil Oil

Rating
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(494 reviews from our customers)

Prep Time

45 min

Cuisine

Italian

Use within

3-4 days

Beef meatballs in a rich tomato sauce, baked with melty mozzarella and topped with golden ciabatta croutons for a bit of dip and scoop action, finished with a drizzle of basil oil and served with a crisp balsamic dressed side salad.

Prep Time

45 min

Cuisine

Italian

Use within

3-4 days

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In Your Box
Ingredients for 2 people (double for 4)
can of chopped tomatoes 1
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
Onion
1 onion
garlic-clove
2 garlic cloves
basil 3.18
20g fresh basil
tomato paste 3.18
1 tbsp rich tomato paste †
Mozzarella-ball
1 x 125g mozzarella ball †
Ciabatta-roll
2 ciabatta rolls †
Panko breadcrumbs edit
30g panko breadcrumbs †
Red gem lettuce
1 red gem lettuce
dried-oregano
1 tsp Italian seasoning
British beef mince 2
250g British beef mince
Carrot
100g carrots
Balsamic-vinegar
2 tbsp Italian balsamic vinegar †
You Will Need
Pestle & mortar, olive oil, pepper, salt, sugar, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 20g basil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 mozzarella ball (125g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • ciabatta rolls<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 red gem lettuce
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 250g British beef mince
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 balsamic vinegar sachet (30ml)<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 541 kJ
129 kcal
3288 kJ
786 kcal
Fat
of which saturates
3.8 g
1.8 g
23.2 g
11.1 g
Carbohydrate
of which sugars
10.6 g
2.3 g
64.3 g
14.1 g
Fibre 1.2 g 7.1 g
Protein 8.2 g 49.7 g
Salt 0.32 g 1.94 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 brown onion
brown onion
1 garlic clove
garlic
20g basil
basil (100%)
1 tbsp tomato paste
tomatoes (sulphites)
1 mozzarella ball (125g)
pasteurised cows milk, salt, microbial rennet, citric acid
ciabatta rolls
fortified WHEAT flour (WHEAT flour, calcium carbonate, iron, nicotinamide, thiamin), water, yeast, salt, oliver oil, cs5 (WHEAT flour, sunflower oil, enzymes: alpha amylase)
30g panko breadcrumbs
wheat flour (gluten), sugar, salt, yeast
1 red gem lettuce
red gem lettuce
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
savory, basil, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage
250g British beef mince
beef (100%)
1 carrot
carrot
1 balsamic vinegar sachet (30ml)
wine vinegar(77%), concentrated grape must, potassium metabisulphite (sulphites)
Allergens
  • Allergens highlighted by † (sulphites, milk, wheat-gluten, gluten)

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 Beef Meatball Melt With Basil Oil

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

Combine the beef mince, panko breadcrumbs and a generous pinch of both salt and pepper in a bowl and give everything a good mix up (clean hands is the best way!)

Divide the beef mince into 14 [28] and shape them into meatballs 

2 Beef Meatball Melt With Basil Oil

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

Once hot, add the meatballs and cook for 3-4 min, turning occasionally, or until they're browned all over

 

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Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the onion[s] 

Top, tail, peel and grate the carrot[s] 

Once the meatballs are browned, transfer them to a plate and return the pan to a medium heat

 

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Add the grated carrot and chopped onion to the pan with a pinch of salt and cook for 4 min or until softened 

Meanwhile, peel and finely chop (or grate) the garlic 

Once the onion and carrot have softened, add the chopped garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 min further

Meanwhile, boil a kettle

5 Beef Meatball Melt With Basil Oil

Add the chopped tomatoes, Italian seasoning, a pinch of sugar and a generous pinch of both salt and pepper to the pan

Add half of the balsamic vinegar (you'll use the rest in your salad dressing) 

Add 150ml [250ml] boiled water and return the meatballs to the pan 

Cook, covered, for 5-6 min or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly 

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Meanwhile, rip the ciabatta up into rough, bite-sized pieces 

Drain, pat dry and rip the mozzarella ball[s] into small, bite-sized pieces

Once thickened, transfer the meatballs and sauce to a baking dish (or individual baking dishes) 

Top with the ripped mozzarella, ciabatta, a generous drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of both salt and pepper 

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Put the dish in the oven for 10-15 min or until bubbling and golden

Meanwhile, chop the basil finely, including the stalks

Grind the chopped basil and a pinch of salt in a pestle & mortar to form a smooth paste

Add 2-4 tbsp olive oil and mix well – this is your basil oil

Rip the red gem[s] into rough pieces and add them to a large bowl

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Once golden, remove the meatball melt from the oven and leave it to sit for 5 min – it will be very hot!

Meanwhile, combine the remaining balsamic vinegar with 2 tbsp [4 tbsp] olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper, then dress the red gem lettuce 

Serve the meatball melt drizzled with the basil oil with the salad to the side and enjoy! 

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