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  • Terissa Skinner-Ballantyne


Well seasoned, soft and juicy balls of tender beef, drenched in a tangy and lightly sweet sauce, seasoned with fresh basil and topped with cheese, Meatballs need little introduction. This Italian dish, paired with well cooked spaghetti is a meal that can be found in many homes around the world. Now, with this easy to make recipe, you can try adding it to your home, the Food Therapy way. And for the vegetarians and vegans, don't worry we have a recipe for you guys as well using peas. Trust me, it's equally as delicious. This is my recipe and I do hope you enjoy.


1 lb Minced Beef

1 medium Sweet Pepper

1 small Onion

4 cloves Garlic

1/2 cup Parsley

2 Pimento

1 large egg

1/2 cup Breadcrumbs

1 tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

1/8 cup oil

1 tsp Paprika

1/4 tsp White Pepper


1 jar Tomato sauce 250ml

1 small Onion chopped

2 tbsp Olive Oil

2 cups Water

1 cup chopped fresh Basi

3 cloves Garlic crushed and chopped

2 tbsp Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp White Pepper

1 tbsp Oregano

1 cup shredded Mozzarella

Salt to taste


Roughly chop sweet pepper, garlic, onion and pimento and add it to food processor. Pulse a few times to further breakdown.

●Add minced vegetables and remaining ingredients to minced beef in large mixing bowl and mix well with hands.

●Grease a large baking dish well and set aside.

●Using a tablespoon scoop meat mixture and place in the palm of your hands rolling into a ball (about 3/4 of an inch in size) and place it onto the greased tray. You can make balls bigger or smaller depending on desired size.

●When you have rolled all of the meat into balls place in the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 30 mins.

While meatballs are baking prep the sauce.

●To a large saucepan on medium heat add oil and allow to heat up for a few secs.

●Toss in onions and garlic and saute till onion becomes translucent, pour in tomato paste and stir well.

●Add basil, brown sugar, white pepper and oregano and stir well for 2 mins, then add water and simmer on medium heat for 25 mins.

●Once meatballs have finished baking add sauce to baking dish and top with shredded cheese.

●Place meatballs back into the oven for 5 mins till cheese has melted, top with some more fresh basil add to your fav pasta and enjoyyyyyyyy.

For a great vegetarian alternative you can substitute beef with canned peas. Just use.......

1 can Pigeon peas 425g

1/2 tbsp low sodium Soy Sauce

and follow the above recipe for a great vege meatball.

Thanks so much for joining me for for another session of Food Therapy. As always I hope to see you soon.❤

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