Pork Meatballs in Red Pepper Sauce


For the meatballs
  • 450g pork mince
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed.
  • 25g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1T olive oil
For the sauce
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 roasted red peppers roughly chopped
  • 250g spaghetti or pasta to serve


  1. Put the pork mince in a bowl and stir in the apple, garlic, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 16 balls, cover and chill for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion.
  3. Cook for 2-3 mins, until softened, then tip in the tomatoes and half a can of water. Stir in the peppers along with some salt and pepper. partially cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and add the meatballs. Cook for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally until they are browned all over. Set aside and keep warm.
  5. Using a hand-held blender, whiz the tomato sauce until smooth.
  6. Carefully add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5 mins, until cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following the instructions on the packet, drain and then divide between serving plates. Top with the meatballs and sauce.