On Top of Spaghetti
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On Top of Spaghetti

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Mince is a favourite in Kiwi kitchens and we think this recipe will be your new go to. Get the kids involved to help roll the meatballs and you’ll have dinner served in no time - but don't expect leftovers.
<b>Prep:</b> 15 mins Prep: 15 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 20 mins Cook: 20 mins
Serves 4 Serves 4
Low Fat Low Fat
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
Low Sodium Low Sodium
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  • 500g Quality Mark beef mince
  • 1 small red onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup seasoned flour
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 400g can cherry tomatoes in juice, drained  

To serve

  • 400g dried spaghetti, cooked until al dente
  • 4 good handfuls spinach, wilted




In a large bowl combine the beef mince, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, chilli, chopped parsley and  the breadcrumbs. Season with a little salt. (It is a good idea to fry off a small piece of the beef mince mixture and taste for seasoning).

Roll the beef mince mixture into about 24 small balls. Place the seasoned flour on a large flat plate. Roll beef mince balls in the seasoned flour.

Heat a dash of oil in a large frying pan and brown the meatballs, in batches, transferring to a plate as you go.
Wipe out the frying pan with kitchen paper and return the meatballs. Pour in the stock and cherry tomatoes and cover with a lid. Place over low heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

To serve

Serve hot meatballs with cooked spaghetti and wilted spinach.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 533g
Energy kJ (kcal) 1597 (381)
Protein (g) 38.5
Fat (g) 6.3
Saturated (g) 2.3
Carbohydrate (g) 39.0
Sugars (g) 5.2
Sodium (mg) 477
Iron (mg) 6.2
Zinc (mg) 6.6
Vitamin B12 (ug) 1.7
Vitamin D (ug) NA
Selenium (ug) 10.1

  • Keep drained tomato juice in the fridge or freeze for another dish.
  • Serve with freshly grated Parmesan on top if wished.
  • New Zealand beef – nature’s power pack of essential nutrients, protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12 to name a few.
  • We've used tinned cherry tomatoes as they're not quite in season yet. A handy staple to have in the pantry. If this dish becomes a family favourite, swap them out for the fresh variety in the summer months.
  • For hundreds of mince recipes, visit recipes.co.nz.

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