Meals and Makes family meatballs recipe

Hungry caveman beef boulder meatballs

Meals and Makes family meatballs recipe

These super meatballs are so easy to make because you just bake them in the oven (no messy frying).  Kids can get involved in the cooking by helping to shape the balls.  The beetroot in this family freindly recipe gives the sauce a deep purple/red colour.  It also adds a touch of sweetness to the tomatoes, which can sometimes be a bit acidic.  The meatballs are scrummy served cold in lunchboxes the next day- if you have any left over….

Suitable for freezing

Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes


1 onion

250g beef mince

300g spaghetti

250g beetroot (cooked and peeled but not pickled)

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp olive oil

400g or 1 tin passata

1 tsp oregano

75g edam cheese


  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C (160C fan oven).
  2. Peel and roughly chop the onion then blend with the mince until it is a smooth mixture (if you happen to have some fresh parsley you could add a chopped tablespoons worth at this point).
  3. Shape the mixture into small balls (makes approx. 16).  Kids might like to help with this bit!
  4. Put the balls onto a baking tray and cook in the oven for approx. 20 mins (or until the meat is fully cooked).
  5. While the meatballs are cooking, put the spaghetti on to boil.
  6. Chop the beetroot into small (about 1Cm) chunks.
  7. Crush the garlic and gently fry in the oil.
  8. Add the passata, oregano and beetroot.  Bring to the boil and then simmer.
  9. While everything is bubbling away nicely, grate the cheese.
  10. Once the meatballs, sauce and pasta are cooked through, drain the pasta and add the meatballs to the tomato sauce, gently combine and serve the pasta and sauce, topped with the grated cheese.

Tip:  If like mine, your children sometimes take a strong dislike to ‘lumpy bits’ in their food, you could bend the sauce before mixing with the meatballs and pasta.  This makes the sauce smooth and an amazing purple/red colour (perfect for a halloween tea)!


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15 thoughts on “Hungry caveman beef boulder meatballs

  1. Another simple, quick and tasty recipe. I’ve never really cooked with beetroot before so it was a nice change and we all enjoyed it – my son even asked when we can have it again!

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    1. Im so pleased you all enjoyed it and that your son asked to have it again. The sauce is freezable so you could always do slightly more next time and have some spare to stockpile in the freezer.


  2. Yum! I’m always looking for meals I can pack in lunch the next day. I have to admit that I had to Google passata; it’s not ready available in the US, but I understand that running canned tomatoes through a sieve will do. My girls don’t mind chunky sauces, so I suspect I could just used petit diced tomatoes too.

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Sadia, Yes, blending or putting tinned tomatoes through a sieve should give the same effect as Passata. I also used just diced tinned tomatoes sometimes as well. I hope your family enjoy the recipe! x


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