Nana's Meatball Recipe

Cook meter: Amateur
Cost meter: $
I love comfort food. You know the kind that makes you think of being wrapped up in a feather duvet or the equivalent of getting a hug from your Mum when you are feeling sick. So my first new recipe that I am going to try is my Nana’s meatballs.
Nanas meatball recipe

I remember the first time I ever had Nana’s meatballs. They didn’t look anything like my Mum’s and the first thing I thought being a spirited 12 year old was that she must have got it wrong, cause as we know “Mum is always right”. Seeing I was the kid who ate anything, I tucked in anyway and was not to regret it.
Different from your typical tomato based sauce, it was flavoursome and extremely moorish. It also was very easy to make. From my Nana, Mum, me and now to you, ENJOY!
500gms Mince
2 slices of bread to make fresh breadcrumbs
1 onion sliced finely
2 cloves garlic
1 cup grated cheese
3 Oxo cubes (beef stock cubes)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 green capsicum

In a food processor, whizz the bread to make breadcrumbs.
Mix the mince, cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley and 1 clove garlic, ½ onion in a bowl and form into meatballs.
Brown the meatballs, once browned add the sauce and cook for a further 20 mins.

In a food processor whizz 1 green capsicum (seeds etc removed) remaining garlic and onion.
Put mixture into a small pot with 50gms of butter and sweat the vegies.
Add 2 tbsp of flour and mix to a roux. (Nana uses 4 tbsp but Mum doesn’t like hers so thick)
Dissolve 2 x Oxo cubes in 1 cup of boiling water
Add 2 tbsp of tomato paste or tomato sauce
Add more water if needed.

Serve with vermicelli or spaghetti.


  1. Yum I made this recipe other night and it was delish! Made a nice and interesting change from the boring old meatballs with tomato based sauce. Plus it was super easy and fast.

  2. Well done Mel!
    Look forward to reading your culinary adventures.


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