Baked meatballs with extra vegetables

A cosy comfort dinner for all the family perfect for these cold evenings

Aprons on? Let‘s Cook!

15-20 minutes
40 minutes

This went down an absolute storm last night – it’s sweet, comforting and packed with veg (unseen to the untrained eye!)



  • 1 sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 golden beet (peeled and chopped – this is an optional extra, we had some in our delivery this week)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 400g passata
  • 1 cup of stock/water
  • Glug of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper
  • 100g grated cheese for the top (optional)


  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 grated courgette
  • 500g mince
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup of flour (we used oat flour by whizzing up some oats!)


  • Saucepan
  • Blender
  • Bowl
  • Food processor


Dairy (optional), egg


1 Preheat the oven to 170c (180c non fan assisted)
2 To make the sauce fry the sweet potato, beet, onion and garlic in some oil for 5-10 mins until softened - don’t worry about how you chop the veg, it all gets blended at the end!
3 Add the rest of the sauce ingredients (apart from the cheese), pop a lid on the saucepan and simmer for 20-30 mins
4 To make the meatballs mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with your hands, roll into 16-24 balls (depending on how big you make them!) and bake for 15 mins
5 When the veggies in the sauce are really soft either transfer it to a food processor and blitz or use a hand blender
6 Pour the sauce over the top of the meatballs, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for 20 mins!
Baked meatballs with extra veg

Comments (2)

  1. Geraldine says:

    Finally – a recipe that’s healthy AND my whole family will eat. My daughter enjoyed making it with me too. Thank you!

    1. Helen Burgess says:

      So glad you all enjoyed it! It’s one of our favourites too!

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