Cherry Tomato and Beef Meatball Ragu

Cherry Tomato and Beef Meatball Ragu

3 from 1 vote
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish, Italian
Servings 4


  • 500 g Minced beef
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 shallot chopped or 1 onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes optional
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes halved
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomato and herbs 1 tin
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar optional
  • 250 g spaghetti or fettucine
  • 4 tbsp. parmesan grated
  • Salt and pepper


  • In a bowl, place the minced beef and season the mixture with a little salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into walnut size meatballs.
  • Next, over medium heat drizzle some oil and add the meat balls. Cook for 2-3 minutes until coloured on all sides. Remove the meatballs from the pan into a dish until needed.
  • In the same pan, over medium heat, add the green pepper ,shallot , garlic and colour for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, chilli flakes and the tin of tomatoes and bring to simmer.
  • Place the meatball back in the pan and continue to simmer over medium/low heat, covered for a further 8-10 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Check the seasoning and add a pinch of brown sugar if needed.
  • In the meantime, cook the pasta as per pack instructions.
  • Drain the pasta and place back in a saucepan with a few tbsp of the cooking liquid a drizzle of oil and half of the grated parmesan. Toss and keep aside warm until the meatballs are ready.
  • Serve the pasta in pasta bowls and add the meatballs mixture with the rich tomato sauce.
  • Sprinkle extra parmesan and Serve immediately.
Keyword Beef, meatballs, mid-week, pasta

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