Mini Beef Meatballs with Butternut Squash, Red Onion and Sweet Pepper


Mini Beef Meatballs with Butternut Squash, Red Onion and Sweet Pepper

Meatballs are a failsafe family favourite and the butternut squash here adds a natural sweetness to appeal to little ones. Great on their own or why not pair with some roasted sweet potato wedges, or spaghetti and a tomato sauce for a more complete meal.

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250g butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 red onion, sliced
1 small red pepper, diced
2 tbsp sunflower oil
250g lean minced beef
2 tsp fresh thyme
30g Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Put the squash, onion, sweet pepper and oil onto a baking sheet. Toss to coat, then roast in a 200C Fan oven for 25 minutes. Leave to cool.
  2. Put the vegetables, thyme, breadcrumbs and minced beef into a food processor whiz until finely chopped and shape into 25 balls.
  3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Add the balls and fry over a medium heat for 10 minutes until cooked through and browned.
  4. Alternatively preheat the oven to 180C Fan and cook the meatballs in the oven for about 15 minutes until browned and cooked through.

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