Cheesy meatball, pasta and Parmesan bowls

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Serves 6


For the meatballs:
500g beef mince 
1 egg, beaten
30g Parmesan, grated
60g breadcrumbs
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
Salt and black pepper
½ tsp Italian seasoning


For the soup:
2 tbsp olive oil
30g butter 
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
950ml chicken stock
2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
Pinch of sugar 
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp dried chilli flakes
200g small conchiglie (pasta shells)
30g Parmesan, grated
300g Mozzarella, grated


To serve:
6 bread rolls, tops sliced off, insides hollowed out


  1. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl and gently mix together until ingredients are well combined. Shape into 3cm balls and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter together in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan over a medium heat. Cook the onion for 6-7 minutes until onion softened and almost transparent. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  3. Add the stock, tinned tomatoes, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, oregano and chilli flakes. Gently add the meatballs. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta and simmer for 10-12 minutes until cooked to al dente, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaves.
  5. Stir in the grated Parmesan and cook over a low heat for 2-3 minutes.
  6. To serve, preheat the grill to a high heat. Ladle the soup into bread bowls and top with the grated Mozzarella. Place on a baking tray and place under the hot grill for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and melted. 
  7. Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped fresh basil and serve.

Per serving: 689kcals, 22.3g fat (8.7g saturated), 70.5g carbs (10.6g sugars), 46.5g protein, 3.7g fibre, 1.249g sodium

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