Meatballs and peas: the recipe for the single dish that will conquer children and adults

Total time: 35 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist
Minced beef
400 grams
Loaf of bread
2 slices
30 ml
Grated parmesan cheese
60 grams
as much as is needed
1 tuft
Tomato puree
500 ml (2 cups)
Frozen peas
300 grams
Extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons
as much as is needed

Meatballs and peas is a simple dish that will please everyone, children and adults. These morsels of meat are prepared with a mixture of ground beef, bread, grated parmesan cheese and eggs and then cooked in a sauce of tomatoes and peas, which will make the preparation not only soft and succulent, but also an irresistible invitation to enjoy the sauce with some fresh bread. An exquisite but quick recipe, that can be prepared using a single pan, perfect even for a last minute dinner. Serve it as a single dish, to accompany with a vegetable side dish, or as a rich second course; in this case you can also use the sauce to season pasta, especially spaghetti. So let’s find out how to prepare this recipe by following our instructions step by step.

How to make meatballs and peas

Prepare the meatballs; put the bread in a bowl, pour the milk 1 and let it soften for half an hour.

Collect the minced meat in a bowl and add the bread, well squeezed, the grated cheese, the egg 2 and a pinch of salt.

Mix well until you will have obtained a very homogeneous and soft dough 3.

From the mixture obtain some rather large meatballs, the size of a plum 4, and set them aside.

In a pan pour the oil, the tomato puree and the peas 5, add a pinch of salt, put it on the stove and cook for 7-8 minutes, until the sauce begins to heat up.

Place the meatballs in the pan 6, cover, lower the heat and cook for about 20 minutes, adding a drop of water if necessary to prevent the sauce from thickening too much.

After the cooking time has elapsed, turn off the flame, perfume with a few leaves of parsley and serve the meatballs hot 7.


Meatballs and peas can be preserved in the refrigerator, closed in a special airtight container, for a maximum of 1-2 days.

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