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  • Cooking Time: Under 30 mins
  • Cuisine: Other
  • Main Ingredient: Lamb
  • Preparation Time: Under 30 mins
  • Serves: 4+

Ingredients

  • 450g/1lb carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
    1 (400g) pack lean lamb mince
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    50g/2oz fresh brown breadcrumbs
    30ml/2tbsp chopped fresh or 5ml/1tsp dried mint
    5ml/1tsp ground cumin
    5ml/1tsp ground coriander
    2.5ml/1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
    1 egg yolk
    30ml/2tbsp olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 (700g) bottle passata sauce with basil
    salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

This spicy lamb and carrot meatball recipe counts as 4 of your 5-a-day and contains over a third of your RDA of vitamin C and iron.

1. Coarsely grate the carrots and reserve half for the sauce. Place the remainder in a bowl with the mince, garlic, breadcrumbs, mint, spices and egg yolk and mix together. Divide into 28 pieces then roll each into a small ball. If time allows, chill for 20 mins.

2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan, when hot, add a little of the oil and the meatballs. Cook over a high heat for about 8 mins, shaking the pan occasionally to turn the meatballs until they are golden brown all over.

3. Stir in the chopped onion and remaining carrots then fry for a further 2 mins. Pour in the passata sauce, season well, then cover and simmer uncovered for 6-8 mins until the sauce has thickened slightly. Serve with freshly cooked pasta.

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