Springtime spaghetti & meatballs

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
For a warmer weather take on this Italian classic replace beef with pork and swap tomato sauce with garden greens

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 699
  • fat 38g
  • saturates 19g
  • carbs 52g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 36g
  • salt 0.4g


  • 400g pork mince
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 4 garlic clove, crushed
  • zest ½ lemon
  • 50g grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 150ml double cream
  • 200g fresh or frozen pea, defrosted if frozen
  • handful parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Mix the mince, onion, garlic and zest with half the Parmesan and some seasoning, then shape into 16 walnut-sized meatballs. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and fry the meatballs for 10-12 mins until golden.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions, drain and reserve 150ml of the cooking liquid. Add the cream and 100ml pasta water to the meatballs, scraping the bottom of the pan to get all the sticky bits off. Bubble until thick and the meatballs are cooked through.

  3. Add the peas, cook for a further 2 mins, then add the parsley. Stir through the pasta with a splash more pasta water to make the whole thing saucy. Sprinkle over the remaining Parmesan and serve.

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