Who doesn’t love an Ikea meat or veggie ball? I do, I do – although I never actually eat them when I go on a shopping expedition there, I  max out the time i have browsing around the Market Place and lusting after the things I don’t need and shouldn’t buy. I think I once went in to buy toilet brushes and came out having spent £150 on napkins and candles!

Going to the Swedish shop is a must and grabbing exotic Scandinavian sounding bits and pieces is essential. Meatballs are always on the list though, I am not quite sure what is in them though, and probably don’t want to know. Not eating meat I have now switched to he vegetarian ones and love them. They are chunky and have a great texture.  Both varieties go great with my tomato sauce and it is so quick to prep and goes in the oven for half an hour. I serve with pasta and sprinkle with cheese.

As many meat or veggie balls as you like

2 cloves of finely chopped garlic

1 large finely chopped onion

Olive oil

1 can good quality chopped tomatoes (good quality so they don’t taste too acidic)

1 carton passata 

1 tablespoon bouillon

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

300 ml red wine


Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade 

Gran a cast iron type pot which is oven proof. 

Fry the onions and garlic in a little olive oil then add the meatballs, still frozen and all other ingredients. 

Place in the oven for 35 – 45 mins keeping the lid off


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