Shortcut sausage meatballs

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Shortcut sausage meatballs
This is a time and wallet friendly alternative to traditional meatballs, without losing any of the flavour.

450g Italian sausages

2 tbsp garlic oil

4 fat or 6 spindly spring onions

1 tsp dried oregano

4 tbsp white wine or vermouth

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

2 bay leaves

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Fresh parsley

Squeeze out the sausage meat from the sausages and roll small cherry tomato-sized meatballs out of it, putting them onto a cling film-lined baking tray as you go. Your final tally should be around 40.

Heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan or flameproof casserole dish and add the meatballs, frying them until golden-brown, as they become firmer, nudge them up in the pan to make room for the rest if you can’t fit them all in at first.

When all the meatballs are in the pan and browned, add the spring onion and oregano and stir about gently.

Add the wine (or vermouth) and chopped tomatoes, then fill half of one of the empty cans with cold water and tip it into the other empty can, then into the pan - the can-to-can technique is just my way of making sure you swill out as much of the tomato residue as possible.

Pop in the bay leaves and let the pan come to a fast simmer. 

Leave to cook like this, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly and the meatballs are cooked through. 

Check the sauce for seasoning, adding some salt and pepper if you like.

During this time you can cook whatever you fancy to go with the meatballs, whether it be pasta or rice.

Once the meatballs are ready, you can eat them immediately or let them stand, off the heat but still on the stove, for 15 minutes. 

The sauce will thicken up a bit on standing. 

Sprinkle with parsley to serve.


Preparation Time
20 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Pasta & Noodles, Pork, Rice

Recipe Type
Dinner, Budget, Easy, Family Dinners


Level of Difficulty

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