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Quick pasta and mini-meatballs

Quick pasta and mini-meatballs

Total Time
25 min
10 min
15 min
A quick and simple pasta dish that doesn’t compromise on flavour. Serve this pasta with a salad on the side for a satisfying dinner that incorporates all the classic Italian flavours.


Wholemeal pasta, dry

200 g, spiral variety

Extra lean beef mince, raw

400 g

Dried breadcrumbs

¼ cup(s), (17g)


2 clove(s), crushed

Fresh basil

¼ cup(s), chopped, plus extra to serve

Tomato pasta sauce

1 cup(s), (260g), Napoletana variety

Oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)


  1. Cook pasta in a small saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet instructions, until just tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup (125ml) cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, place mince, breadcrumbs, garlic and half the basil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Shape into 32 small meatballs.
  3. Lightly spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook for about 5 minutes, shaking pan occasionally, until meatballs are browned and cooked through. Add drained pasta and sauce to pan, along with reserved pasta cooking liquid and remaining basil. Stir over low heat until combined and heated through. Serve sprinkled with extra basil leaves.


Serve sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese (contains dairy).