Meatballs in tomato sauce and cauliflower rice


It's school holidays and what kid doesn't love a good meatball in tomato sauce. Whip up this quick and easy meal for the family dinner table.

Meatballs in tomato sauce



  • 1kg mince (pork, veal, lamb or beef)
  • 2 cups of stale bread crumbs - soaked in water for 5 minutes then squeeze out
  • 2 tablespoon of finely grated parmesan
  • 2 eggs whisked until pale
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • 3 tins of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup passata
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • Salt and Pepper

To finish

  • Parmesan
  • Chopped parsley
  • Chilli


  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients and mix well. Then ball into golf ball sizes.
  3. Place in oven tray and roast meatballs for 7 minutes.
  4. Take out of oven, reduce temp to 180C.
  5. Pour the tins of tomatoes, passata and thyme over meatballs seasoning well with salt and pepper
  6. Cook for 45 - 60mins. Meatballs should be tender and sauce should be sweet and rich when ready.
  7. Finish with chopped parsley and more parmesan
  8. Serve with cauliflower rice for a healthy twist

Cauliflower Rice

Kids are a picky breed. Smuggle in the vegies with this healthy twist on rice. They won't even notice the difference.


  • 1 x Cauliflower
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic - optional


  1. Whizz cauliflower in a food processor to finely chop. It should resemble rice.
  2. In a fry pan heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil and gently fry cauliflower for 2-3 minutes. It cooks very quickly.
  3. For added flavour add finely chopped garlic before the cauliflower.

    Recipes thanks to Alex Kearns, Executive Chef, Glebe Point Diner

    Ingredients for Meatballs in tomato sauce and cauliflower rice

    Cauliflower (whole)

    Product of VIC (Aust)

    $4.49 ea

    Parsley Curly (bunch)

    Product of Australia

    $2.99 ea

    Chillies Jalapeno Fresh (each)

    Product of Australia

    $0.56 ea

    Garlic (head)

    $0.77 ea