Lamb Meatballs with Slow-cooked Red Pepper & Tomato Sauce

As the weather gets colder these hearty lamb meatballs with a rich pepper and tomato sauce make a perfect dinner. Simple to prepare, packed with plenty of protein and the addition of courgette helps to keep the meatballs juicy whilst also adding some extra veg.

Ingredients

  • 500g lean lamb mince
  • 100g courgettes, grated
  • 40g breadcrumbs or gf breadcrumbs 
  • 1 Red pepper, sliced
  • 1 White onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, washed and finely chopped 
  • 150g cooked chickpeas, drained
  • A big handful of baby spinach, washed 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place the peppers and onions in a large saucepan with the vinegar over a low heat for an hour or so, stirring occasionally, then add the tomatoes and continue cooking for another hour, stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
  2. Mix together the lamb mince, breadcrumbs, courgettes and roll into roughly 40g balls.
  3. Place on a baking tray and roast in a preheated oven at 180c for 35 minutes, in the last ten minutes of cooking add the chickpeas to the trays.
  4. Stir the baby spinach into the pepper mix and mix all ingredients together.

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