Beans and Meatballs Recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 15 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 653 kCal 33%
Fat 36g 51%
  -  Saturates 12g 60%


  • 400g (14oz) pork mince
  • 400g (14oz) beef mince
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 4tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • olive oil, for frying
  • 2 x 355g jars baked Gigantes beans (from Sainsbury's Foods of the World)
  • large handful flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped


  • MFirst, make the meatballs. Mix the mince with the garlic, parsley and breadcrumbs, season and add one of the eggs. Bring the mince together with your hands – if it isn’t quite wet enough, add more egg. Heat a frying pan with a little oil, fry a small piece of the meat, then taste to check seasoning. Shape into golf ball-sized meatballs.

  • Heat the oven to 200 C, 180 C fan, 400 F, gas 6. Brown the meatballs on all sides in the frying pan, then transfer to a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Tip the beans into a saucepan, add a splash of water, and heat until bubbling.

  • When the meatballs are done, mix with the beans and divide between 4 plates. Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley.

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