Smoky pork meatballs traybake

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Make this comforting meatball traybake with a twist, using hot smoked paprika for a smoky flavour

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 10 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 454
  • fat 26g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 23g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 30g
  • salt 1.9g


  • 400g pork mince
  • 70g soft white breadcrumbs
  • 1 small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 red peppers
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 80g grated cheddar and mozzarella (or just cheddar)
  • pasta, potato wedges or rice, to serve


  1. Tip the pork into a large bowl with the breadcrumbs, parsley, chilli flakes, egg yolk, 1 tsp of salt and some black pepper. Knead everything together for 5 mins to tenderise the meat. Divide the pork mix into 12 large balls, weighing for accuracy if you like. Chill until ready to use.

  2. Heat the grill to its highest setting. Put the peppers whole on a baking sheet and grill for 20-25 mins, turning halfway, until blackened and blistered. Set aside to cool a little.

  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large casserole or saucepan over a low-medium heat, add the onion and fry gently for 10 mins or until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and paprika and cook for 1 min. Stir through the tomatoes and sugar, and simmer uncovered over a low heat for 10 mins. Season to taste.

  4. Heat the remaining oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry for 5 mins, turning regularly, until evenly golden brown.

  5. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the meatballs into a medium casserole dish. Peel the skin off the cooled peppers, deseed and slice into strips. Add the sliced peppers to the dish with the meatballs and pour over the tomato sauce. Sprinkle over the cheese and bake for 15-20 mins until the meatballs are cooked through and the cheese is bubbling. Serve with pasta, wedges or rice.

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