• Serves 4
  • 75 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 14 Ingredients


These Cheesy Meatballs with a Vegetable Sauce are a firm family favourite!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100g piece tasty cheese, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 500g roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup salt-reduced tomato paste
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • Cooked pasta, to serve


  1. Combine mince, onion, basil, egg and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Shape 1 tablespoon mixture into a flat round. Place 1 cheese cube in centre of round. Shape mixture around cheese to form a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture and cheese
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs, in batches, turning, for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil.
  3. Heat remaining oil in pan. Add celery, carrot and zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until celery starts to soften. Add tomato. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, crumbled stock cubes and 1 cup cold water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  4. Return meatballs to pan. Simmer, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve meatballs and sauce with pasta

  • Yum I’m picturing cutting into these and the melted cheese being all gooey and delish


  • Great idea … cheesy meatballs .. best life ever !!


  • This is great for weekday night.


  • This is a great dish to serve to those who love meatballs as we do. I just love the vegetable sauce that goes with it too


  • We love meatballs in our home — with pasta or as a sub roll. And it’s always a great way to mix in vegies to our main meal.


  • Cute little nests !


  • Looks delicious . Thank you for sharing


  • ooh anything with cheese is always a winner for me!


  • I’m not usually a fan of meatballs but this sounds tasty


  • Cheesy meatballs! How delicious!


  • We make the exact same recipe and its so cheesey and gooey!


  • Sounds yummy.
    Can’t wait too try the recipe with my grandchildren.
    Thank you.


  • What an awesome idea to get in some extra veggies with a fun meal that kids love!


  • We love spaghetti with meatballs. I love the cheesy twist to the recipe.


  • My hub would like this !


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