Ingredients

  • 250 grams minced beef
  • 500 grams minced pork
  • 6 sage leaves (fresh, very finely chopped)
  • 1 onion (grated)
  • 1 slice white bread (finely grated or blitzed)
  • 2 cans plum tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 red chilli (large, very finely chopped)
  • 250 grams mushrooms (halved and finely sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 500 milliliters vegetable stock
  • 4 streaky bacon (rashers, very finely sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 400 grams penne (dried)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves (or so)
  • fresh oregano (a little, or dried if you prefer)

Directions

  1. 1. Mix the pork, beef, onion, sage and a generous amount of seasoning very well in a mixing bowl. Shape the mixture into balls and reserve.
  2. 2. Gently heat some olive oil in a large, deep, heavy pan. Add the bacon and mushrooms and fry until bacon is just browning and mushrooms have softened - about 4 or 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Add the tomato purée & garlic and stir well, cooking for a minute or so but ensuring the mixture doesn't burn - you can turn down the heat or add a splash of water if need be.
  4. 4. Add the cans of tomatoes, breaking up if you use the whole plum ones, and bring back to a simmer.
  5. 5. Add the stock.
  6. 6. Stir well, then add the meatballs. Cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes, covered.
  7. 7. If you're using dried oregano rather than fresh, add it here.
  8. 8. Remove the lid and cook for a further 20 minutes or so, reducing until the sauce has thickened to the desired consistency - make the pasta during this time as per packet instructions.
  9. 9. Right at the end, tear the basil and oregano leaves and stir through.
  10. 10. Mix the pasta through the sauce and serve - add a little grated fresh parmesan if you're feeling decadent. Enjoy!
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NutritionView more

850Calories
Sodium35%DV830mg
Fat42%DV27g
Protein112%DV57g
Carbs32%DV97g
Fiber48%DV12g

PER SERVING *

Calories850Calories from Fat240
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Fat27g42%
Saturated Fat9g45%
Trans Fat0.5g
Cholesterol130mg43%
Sodium830mg35%
Potassium2120mg61%
Protein57g112%
Calories from Fat240
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Carbohydrate97g32%
Dietary Fiber12g48%
Sugars19g38%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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