Savoury meatballs with a mixture of ground beef, mushrooms, herbs and parmesan with tender orecchiette pasta in a delicious pasta sauce made from fresh tomatoes and garlic. A hearty comforting meal that is perfect for any occasion.
If you are looking for a delicious and satisfying meal that is packed with flavour, then this is the definitely a recipe to make and will please the whole family. Homemade meatballs that taste amazing don't need to be complicated and the added mushrooms and parmesan keep them nice and tender.
- Calories in Mini Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Orecchiette
- Ingredients for Mini Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Orecchiette
- Best Method for Cooking Meatballs
- Can I use another protein?
- Fresh Tomatoes Vs Canned Tomatoes
- Substitute for Mushrooms
- Sides for Mini Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Orecchiette
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Calories in Mini Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Orecchiette
This filling pasta dish serves 4 and is 511 calories per serving, which this family friendly meal.
There are lots more recipes around this calorie value in my 500+ calories recipe section.
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Ingredients for Mini Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Orecchiette
for this pasta recipe you will need all the following ingredients:
- uncooked extra lean ground beef (mince)
- cremini mushrooms (or similar type mushroom)
- Italian seasoning
- garlic powder/granules
- onion powder/granules
- salt and black pepper
- olive oil spray
- fresh parsley and basil
- fresh ripe tomatoes
- tomato paste (puree)
- chicken stock
- balsamic vinegar
- uncooked orecchiette (or another pasta of your choice)
See the recipe card for full quantities.
Once all the ingredients are prepared, you can get ready to make this easy recipe.
Best Method for Cooking Meatballs
There are various methods out there for cooking meatballs and you might think wouldn't it be easier to just cook them in the frying pan.
I prefer to use the oven method, as it keeps them a nice uniform round shape, gives them an even browning and seals in all the flavour. It also ensures they don't fall apart when you drop them into the pan.
Can I use another protein?
If you want to swap out the ground beef (mince) for another mince, this will work well with chicken, turkey or even pork. Although I typically like to pair pork with beef and do a half and half mixture if I am using it for a pasta dish like this.
Fresh Tomatoes Vs Canned Tomatoes
You will notice I use fresh tomatoes in this recipe, I just find the taste of the sauce is so much fresher and flavourful when using good quality ripe tomatoes.
However if you want to sub for canned tomatoes, you can make the swap, just go for a canned good quality plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano) and check there is no calcium chloride in the ingredients as it tends to prevent canned tomatoes from breaking down in a sauce.
Substitute for Mushrooms
If you don't like mushrooms but really want to try this recipe, I recommend making the following swap
- 30g of dried breadcrumbs (but also add in 1 beaten egg)
- or sub with some grated courgette (zucchini) - approx 1 medium one, squeeze out any excess moisture.
You can of course just make the meatballs as per the recipe but without the mushrooms and none of the above suggestions, but I find the suggested add ins create a more tender meatball.
Sides for Mini Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Orecchiette
While it is perfectly fine to enjoy this recipe as it is made. I always like to pair meals with an additional side of salad or vegetables. It encourages healthy eating if it is on offer for the kids to help themselves to and will also bulk out your plate to create a more filling meal.
Some things I like to serve this with are:
- Mixed Salad (add any of your favourites - lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion etc)
- Broccolini or Broccoli - steamed or roasted or sauteed
- Asparagus - steamed, roasted or sauteed
- Peppers and Onions - roasted or sauteed
- Courgette (zucchini) - roasted or sauteed
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- Cheesy Meatball Pasta Bake
- Chicken Meatballs in Hoisin Sauce
- Southwestern Turkey Meatballs
- Lamb Meatballs with Mint Gravy
- Firecracker Chicken Meatballs (Instant Pot and Stove Top)
- Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup with Chicken Meatballs
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Mini Beef Mushroom Meatballs with Orecchiette
Delicious lean tender beef meatballs in a light tomato sauce stirred into orecchiette pasta for a perfect family meal for any night of the week.
- For the meatballs:
- 455g (1lb) of uncooked extra lean ground beef (mince)
- 150g (5.5oz) of cremini mushrooms (or similar type mushroom)
- 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- 30g (1oz) of parmesan
- salt and black pepper
- olive oil spray
For the pasta
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
- 400g (14oz) of fresh ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced
- 4 tablespoons of tomato paste (puree)
- 1 cup (240ml) of chicken stock
- splash of balsamic vinegar
- 250g (9oz) of uncooked orecchiette (or another pasta of your choice)
- fresh chopped Italian parsley or basil
- ⅓ cup (80ml) of pasta water
- 30g (1oz) of parmesan
- Preheat oven to 180c fan, 200c or 400f (gas mark 6)
- Place the mushrooms in a mini food processor and do a couple of spins of the blade to finely chop the mushrooms (be careful not to over do it, as you do not want the mushrooms pureed, you just want small pieces of mushroom)
- Place in a bowl with the ground beef and season with salt and black pepper.
- Add the parmesan, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning.
- Combine it all together and form into 24 meatballs.
- Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, spray over the top with spray oil and bake in the oven for 8-10 mins (Just until lightly browned - don't over cook as they will continue to cook in the sauce).
- Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with some low calorie spray
- Add the onion and fry to soften
- Add the garlic and fry for a further minute.
- Add the fresh tomatoes and cook until they start to break down into a sauce.
- Add tomato paste, stock, fresh parsley, splash of balsamic vinegar and meatballs, bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer until sauce reduces down and thickens (approx 15-20 mins)
- Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil, then add the orecchiette pasta and cook until al dente, one pasta is cooked, reserve 80ml of the pasta water.
- Add the orecchiette pasta and reserved pasta water to the meatballs and gently mix it all together.
- Add in the parmesan and stir until combined.
- Divide among 4 plates, and sprinkle with some fresh chopped Italian parsley or basil.
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- Gluten Free Friendly - use gluten free stock and pasta
- Dairy Free Friendly - omit cheese
- Side suggestions: salad, or steamed, sauteed roasted veggies like broccoli, asparagus, courgette (zucchini)
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 511Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 23mgSodium 316mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 6gSugar 9gProtein 42g
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This just melts in your mouth.
Better than a restaurant meal.
Definitely making it again