Tagliatelle with chilli meatballs

Tagliatelle with chilli meatballs

15 mins
Cooking time
35 mins
Ian Hofstetter

We used tagliatelle – long strips of egg pasta – for this dish, but you could use any egg pasta such as fettuccine or the wider pappardelle – or even spaghetti if that’s the family favourite. Or for added health benefits use wholemeal pasta.


Quantity Ingredient
500g lamb or beef mince
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon pine nuts
2 teaspoons oregano, chopped
1 long red chilli, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
375g tagliatelle or other pasta of choice, cooked and drained

Rich tomato sauce

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
400g canned diced tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup salt-reduced chicken stock
1/4 cup semi-dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon brown sugar

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
oregano leaves
fresh parmesan, grated
crusty bread
green salad


  1. Place all the ingredients except the oil and pasta into a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly and form into walnut-sized balls. You should make around 24 meatballs from the mixture.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan on high. Add the oil and cook the meatballs in 2 batches for 4–5 minutes, turning until evenly browned. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. To make the sauce, heat oil in a heavy-based saucepan on high. Sauté the onion and garlic until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, stock, semi-dried tomatoes, paste and sugar. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 10–15 minutes until cooked through (add a little more liquid to the sauce if it becomes too thick).
  5. Toss the sauce through the hot pasta and serve immediately, sprinkled with a few oregano leaves and a little grated parmesan. Serve with crusty bread and green salad.
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