• Serves 4
  • 60 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 20 Ingredients
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A quick and easy pasta recipe, whereby each component can be made and frozen to be used at a later date.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 300 grams penne pasta (made with the Phillips Pasta and Noodle Maker)
  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 2 eggs - slightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 720ml passata sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp mixed Italian herbs- (parsley, oregano, basil)
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan to serve


  1. In a large bowl, mix the beef mince, eggs, grated cheese, breadcrumbs, crushed garlic, herbs and water. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Once mixed well, roll into golf ball size balls, put on a tray and leave in the fridge until you need it.
  2. For the sauce- Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until lightly brown.
  3. Add some red wine and allow to cook off a little.
  4. Add as many meatballs as you need and gently fry until brown.
  5. Add the passata sauce, herbs, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Allow to cook for at least 30 mins.
  7. While the sauce is cooking, in another pot of salted boiling water, cook the penne pasta till al dente.
  8. Drain the pasta, toss in the tomato sauce, serve in bowls with meatballs and finished with grated parmesan.

Notes... This is my mum’s recipe and now I am making it for my boys. There are 4 basic steps. Make the sauce, make the pasta, make the meatballs, then put it all together. When each step is done, it is quite easy to complete! Also with the extra meatballs freeze them ready for another meal.
  • So simple


  • This sounds perfect for us and for our little girl!


  • We love pasta dishes so we will definitely be making this one. Thanks for sharing


  • This looks soooo good! Perfect for winter, too! Thanks for sharing :-D


  • Sounds lovely – a great meal for a cold winter’s night.


  • I think I could convince my 4 year old to eat this (he LOVES parmesan)

    • lol my kids don’t but the love mozzarella on their pasta because it is stringy!


  • I’m sure kids and adults love this recipe!


  • mmmm just love all kinds of pasta


  • Meatballs are always a big favourite in our house!


  • A pretty yummy looking penne. Thanks for this recipe.


  • I really need a pasta and noodle maker.

    • Get one, its so easy to use and really easy to clean. My 10 year old uses it to make pasta. It also makes great soba noodles for Asian dishes.

      • They are brilliant machines and easy to use and to clean.

      • ha that is amazing! so simple to use that your child does it!


  • Looks delicious! I love a good pasta dish!


  • love it


  • WOW this looks so delicious and comforting. Great presentation and pic. thanks for sharing.


  • Yummy! This recipe sounds delicious! And looks so good. The kids will love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • My kids LOVE pasta and meatballs, always a winner.


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