Pork and Turkey Meatballs served with a Tomato Sauce

A tasty treat that won't break the budget!


  • 100 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 150 ml milk
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
  • 400 g minced turkey
  • 400 g minced pork
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • for the tomato sauce:
  • (makes 750ml)
  • 50 ml olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans plum tomatoes (crushed)
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • sugar to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. To make the meatballs, first soak the breadcrumbs in the milk.
  2. Mixed the chopped onions, garlic, with the pork and turkey. Add the breadcrumbs, oregano, salt and pepper to the meat mixture and mix well.
  3. Add the beaten egg and mix thoroughly.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls.
  5. Heat some oil in a frying pan and add in the meatballs. Fry for approximately 5 minutes turning occasionally until browned on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
  6. Sauce:
  7. Heat the olive oil in a large pan.
  8. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute on a low heat until soft.
  9. Add the tomato puree and cook for a further minute.
  10. Add the tomatoes along with their juice and season with salt and pepper.
  11. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  12. To serve, add the meatballs to the sauce and allow to simmer for about 7 – 10 minutes.
  13. Serve with spaghetti.


Catherine's tip: Replace the oregano with a pinch of chilli powder in the meatballs for some extra spice.


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