Meatballs with Orzo

Mix up your weeknight dinner plan with this delicious twist on an Italian classic: Orzo Pasta with Meatballs and Vegetable Sauce. This recipe is bound to become a new family favourite.

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For the meatballs
300g lean mince beef
50g breadcrumbs
25g Parmesan, grated (or dairy-free alternative)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp thyme, chopped
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 egg, beaten

For the orzo
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
500ml chicken stock
1 tbsp thyme, chopped
200g orzo


  1. Make the meatballs. Measure all of the ingredients into bowl. Season well and mix. Shape into 30 little meatballs.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 4 minutes,
  3. Add the tomatoes and puree, simmer for a few minutes then blend in the stock and thyme. Stir in the orzo and meatballs.
  4. Bring up to a simmer and gently cook for 20 minutes, stirring from time to time until the orzo is tender, and the sauce has reduced to a thick consistency.

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