Spaghetti and Lamb Meatballs


Baked in the oven to brown, these tender crowd-pleasing meatballs are cooked in a savoury tomato sauce with lots of fresh basil. You might want to make a double batch for leftovers!


Ingredients List:

  • 2 pkg (each 340 g) SunGold Italian-Style Lamb Meatballs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each chili flakes, salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) tomato paste
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, torn (divided)
  • 10 oz (300 g) spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) shaved Parmesan cheese

Preparation & Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Arrange meatballs in single layer on parchment paper–lined baking sheet; bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan set over medium heat; cook onion, celery, carrot, garlic, oregano, chili flakes, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes or until vegetables start to soften.
  • Add tomato paste; cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes and bay leaf; bring to boil, then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  • Add meatballs; cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and sauce is thickened.
  • Stir in half of the basil, and discard bay leaf.
  • Spoon meatballs and sauce over spaghetti; garnish with Parmesan and remaining basil.  

Tip:

  • If desired, add 1/4 cup (60 mL) white or red wine after adding tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes before adding the diced tomatoes.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

 

Nutrition Facts (Per 1/4 recipe)

  • Calories 818
  • Fat 42g
  • Cholesterol 125mg
  • Sodium 1771mg
  • Carbohydrate 70g
  • Fibre 8g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 43g
  • Vitamin A 30% DV
  • Vitamin C 35% DV
  • Calcium 15% DV
  • Iron 45% DV