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Slow Braised Pork Meatballs

Slow Braised Pork Meatballs

Whether served in a soup, slow braised or prepared in a bake, these sumptuous meatballs are perennial crowd-pleasers that will banish the winter blues and have diners coming back for second helpings.

Slow Braised Pork Meatballs


Serves 8



  • 120g fresh sourdough breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
  • 1/3 cup (25g) finely grated parmesan
  • 500g pork mince
  • 500g veal mince
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sage leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped extra
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
  • 700g jar passata
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh bay leaves



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Place the breadcrumbs, milk and parmesan in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Add the minces, onion, carrot, garlic, egg, oregano, parsley and sage, season with salt and pepper and mix to combine.
  3. Roll 1/3 cup of the mixture into balls and refrigerate for 15 minutes, to firm slightly.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, heavy-based, flameproof and ovenproof pan over medium heat. Cook meatballs, in 2 batches, turning, for 6-8 minutes or until golden.
  5. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil, reduce heat to low. Add the extra onion and cook for 4 minutes or until softened. Add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Add the wine, passata, 1 cup water, sugar and vinegar and then stir to combine.
  6. Return the meatballs to the pan, add the bay leaf and cover with a tight-fitting lid (or foil). Cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes or until meatballs are browned and sauce is rich.
  7. To serve: These meatballs are perfect added with mashed potato and parmesan for an instant winter comfort dinner.


Smart Tips:

  • For a fuss-free meatball sub, heat the meatballs and some sauce and serve them in a crusty baguette with melted cheese and rocket.
  • To freeze, divide the meatballs and sauce into glass containers and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw for 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Freezing the meatballs with the tomato braising liquid ensures they won’t dry out when you reheat.
  • To reheat, place in a heavy-based saucepan over low heat. You may need to add between one quarter and one half cup of water to the braising liquid as you bring them to simmer so that the sauce doesn’t thicken too much.


Try these sumptuous slow braised meatballs in this Ribollita Meatball Soup:

Or in this moreish Winter Greens & Meatballs Pasta Bake:

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