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Cheesy Beef Meatball In Tomato Broth

Cheesy Beef Meatball In Tomato Broth

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Prep Time

30 min



This is not just any meatball. It’s a giant, succulent, cheddar-stuffed meatball, nestled in a rich puddle of warm tomato broth with couscous (giant, of course!). Topped with a smattering of fresh basil, this feel-good dish is a sure-fire hit. Mighty, meaty, utterly moreish!

Prep Time

30 min



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For 2 people (double for 4)
can of chopped tomatoes 1
1 can of chopped tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 spring onion
basil 3.18
10g basil
tomato paste 3.18
1 tbsp tomato paste †
40g mature cheddar †
Panko breadcrumbs edit
30g panko breadcrumbs †
British beef mince 2
250g British beef mince
beef stock cube (new5/18)
1 beef stock cube †
1 balsamic vinegar sachet (15ml) †
130g giant couscous †
You Will Need
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 garlic clove
  • 1 spring onion
  • 10g basil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 40g cheddar cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 250g British beef mince
  • 1 Knorr beef stock cube<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 balsamic vinegar sachet (15ml)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 130g giant couscous<span class="strong">†</span>
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 675 kJ
162 kcal
3100 kJ
745 kcal
of which saturates
3.6 g
1.9 g
16.5 g
8.8 g
of which sugars
16.1 g
1.9 g
74 g
8.5 g
Fibre 1.4 g 6.5 g
Protein 9.7 g 44.5 g
Salt 0.8 g 3.66 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 garlic clove
1 spring onion
spring onion
10g basil
basil (100%)
1 tbsp tomato paste
tomatoes (sulphites)
40g cheddar cheese
pasteurised cows milk, cream, salt, vegetarian rennet, lactic acid culture
30g panko breadcrumbs
wheat flour (gluten), sugar, salt, yeast
250g British beef mince
beef (100%)
1 Knorr beef stock cube
Salt, vegetable fats (palm, shea butter, sal butter), potato starch, sugar, beef extract (4%), yeast extract, flavourings, onion powder, caramel syrup, maltodextrin, parsley, carrots, spices (parsley roots, CELERY seeds).
1 balsamic vinegar sachet (15ml)
wine vinegar, concentrated grape must, potassium metabisulphite (sulphites)
130g giant couscous
wheat flour (gluten), water. May contain soya
  • Allergens highlighted by † (sulphites, milk, gluten, celery)

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 Savour The Summer Giant Meatball

Boil a kettle 

Chop the spring onion[s] finely, discarding the root end[s]

Combine the beef mince, panko breadcrumbs and chopped spring onion, then crumble in 1/2 [1] beef stock cube (you will use the rest later!) with a generous amount of black pepper

Mix thoroughly with clean hands – this is your beef mixture

2 Savour The Summer Giant Meatball

Cut the cheddar cheese into 4 [8] pieces

Divide the beef mixture in 2 [4] and shape the mixture into large meatballs 

Push two pieces of cheese (one on top of the other) into the middle of each meatball, and seal up the outside with mince 

Chill the meatballs in the fridge (this ensures they hold their shape when cooking)

3 Savour The Summer Giant Meatball

Meanwhile, add the giant couscous to a pot of boiled water with a pinch of salt

Cook over a high heat for 8 min, then drain and rinse in a sieve under cold water

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

4 Savour The Summer Giant Meatball

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

Once hot, add the meatballs and cook for 3 min, moving them around so they cook evenly all over 

Once coloured, transfer them to a plate and set aside

Keep the pan for the next step

5 Savour The Summer Giant Meatball

Return the pan to a medium heat, add the chopped garlic and tomato paste and cook for 1 min 

Add the chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp [2 tsp] sugar, balsamic vinegar, remaining 1/2 [1] stock cube and 600ml [1L] boiled water

Whisk to combine and bring to the boil – this is your tomato broth 

6 Savour The Summer Giant Meatball

Return the meatballs to the tomato broth pan and cover with a lid

Cook for 10-15 min or until the meatballs are cooked through, turning halfway through 

7 Savour The Summer Giant Meatball

Meanwhile, chop (or tear) the basil roughly, including the stalks

Once the meatballs are done, transfer them to serving bowls and continue to cook the tomato broth until it has reduced by half and has reached the consistency of a thick soup, approx. 4-5 min

Once thickened, add the giant couscous and half of the chopped basil to the tomato broth & stir through for 30 sec


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Ladle the tomato couscous broth over the meatballs 

Garnish with the remaining chopped basil and a drizzle of olive oil 


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