Chris Wilmers

Pasta and Meatballs


This will serve up to four people, depending on appetites.


1 Pkt penne (29p, Lidls)

1 Pk Tomato Passata (35p, Lidls)

1 pt/500ml Boiling Water

1 Onion

2 Cloves garlic or/

1 heaped teasp Garlic Granules (£1, Sainsbury’s)

1 Carrot

1 Heaped teasp Dried Basil

2 Heaped teasp Dried Oregano

1 Beef Stock Cube

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Pack Meatballs (£3 Morrisons)

1-2 tablesp Oil

Finely chop the onion and fry gently in the oil.

Grate the carrot and garlic very finely and add to the onions, cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat.

Add the tomato passata, boiling water and the herbs and stock cube.

Bring to the boil and then simmer for at least 45mins.

Add the meatballs and simmer for another 45-60 mins.

Follow the instructions on the packet to cook the penne, drain and serve with the meatballs and sauce


NB If you have rosemary and or thyme in your store cupboard, add a pinch of each, this does deepen the flavour but is not essential.

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