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Meatballs In Tomato Sauce - Without Egg!


Every recipe I have come across for meatballs contains egg. The reason for this is that the egg binds them together so they don't fall apart. I thought I would have a go at making some without egg, and found that actually it doesn't matter too much. They might be less than perfectly formed, but still just as tasty.


  • Minced Pork
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Corriander powder
  • half an onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • some plain flour
For the sauce
  • 1 and a half onions
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • tin of tomatoes
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 2 peppers
  • 1 courgette


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients

Roughly chop half the onion and place in a food processor with a clove of garlic and the dry spices (cumin and corriander).

Step 2

Whizz it up!

Add the mince and whizz it all up in the food processor. You might need to do this in batches if, like me, you've only got a small processor.

Step 3

Make the meatballs

Divide the pork mince mixture into individual meatballs.

Step 4

Fry the meatballs

Roll the meatballs in the plain flour and shallow fry in some oil in a pan. You will need to do this in batches so that they cook evenly.

Step 5

Remove when browned

Fry the meatbals until browned. They are going in the oven so they don't need to be cooked through at this stage.

Step 6

Place the meatballs in a dish

Place the meatballs in an oven proof dish. You might want to start heating the oven at this point - 180 C.

Step 7

Fry onion, garlic and courgette

To make the tomato sauce, chop and fry the remaining onions and garlic. Add the chopped courgette.

Step 8

Add the peppers

Add the chopped peppers and chilli and fry until the courgette is soft.

Step 9

Add tomatoes

Then add the tin of tomatoes and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. Pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs in the dish and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

To Serve...


The meatballs could be served with rice, pasta or potatoes. Whatever you like!

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