Nadiya's 'Fill Them Up Faster!' One Pot Pasta & Meatballs

Nadiya's 'Fill Them Up Faster!' One Pot Pasta & Meatballs

30 April 2024

Get ready for another delicious recipe straight from the kitchen of the talented Nadiya Hussain! A staple for every meal plan, this is Nadiya's fast one pot meatballs and pasta recipe.





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For the meatballs:

20g panko breadcrumbs

25g Parmesan cheese optional

2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed

20ml milk

1 large egg

1 tsp onion powder

1 packet Schwartz Smokey Meatball Stew Mix

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

300g ground beef mix

Salt and pepper to taste

For the pasta sauce:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic minced or pressed

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

1 celery stick, finely chopped

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tinned tomatoes

500ml beef stock

300g spaghetti noodles

Optional: Grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil for serving


1In a large bowl, mix panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, milk, eggs, salt, pepper, onion powder, meatball mix, and Worcestershire sauce.

2 Add ground meat and mix well with your hands. Form tablespoon-sized meatballs (approx. 30 grams) and place on a plate/tray.

3 Heat large frying pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Brown meatballs on all sides, only turning them when they no longer stick. Remove and set aside.

4 Sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Add chopped carrots, celery, oregano and tomato paste. Sauté for a few minutes. Add tinned tomatoes and beef stock. Bring to a boil.

5 Add spaghetti, stirring well and reduce to medium heat.

6 Cover the pan and cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7 Before spaghetti reaches al dente, add meatballs in the sauce and simmer until cooked.

8 Toss well and serve with grated parmesan and fresh basil.

Perfect for those tricky weeknight dinners, this hearty pasta & meatballs recipe uses just one pot and makes enough for a family. Add it to your meal plan, and enjoy the fact your family will be lining up for seconds.     

Mid-week meals can be a real challenge... But I still want to create something that's crammed with deliciousness, something I can cook quickly and get into their bellies in no time. My 'fill them up faster' pasta!

Nadiya Hussain

Serve with a quick side salad and plenty of freshly grated parmesan.

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