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Lemon & fennel pork meatballs

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Meatballs are always popular and these are served with toasted pine nuts and vibrant kale, making a vitamin C-rich dish that's 2 of your 5-a-day

  • Prep: 15 mins
    Cook: 40 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
  • Easy
  • Calories 401
  • Carbohydrates 16
  • Saturated Fat 6
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 31
  • Fat 23
  • Fibre 3
  • Salt 0.3

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 401
  • Carbohydrates 16
  • Saturated Fat 6
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 31
  • Fat 23
  • Fibre 3
  • Salt 0.3

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 x 400g cans plum tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, zested and cut into wedges
  • 500g pork mince
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 250g kale
  • 25g pine nuts, toasted
  • crusty bread or mashed potato, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. In a medium pan, heat 1 tbsp of the oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 mins. Tip in the tomatoes with a splash of water, increase the heat and allow to bubble for 15 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the lemon zest, mince, fennel seeds and a good pinch of seasoning. Mix well, then shape into walnut-sized balls.

  3. Heat the remaining oil in a lidded frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown for 5 mins, then pour the tomato sauce into the pan. Simmer for 10 mins, then add the kale, cover with a lid and cook for 5 mins more until wilted. Season to taste, and scatter over the pine nuts. Serve with the lemon wedges, for squeezing over, and crusty bread or mash, if you like.

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