Lisa, from Grey Lynn...

Meatballs With Risoni Pasta - A Hit With The Kids!!

This has been a huge hit with all ages and a very easy way to get some veges into those young ones! Easy to put together - my 3 year old loves rolling the meatballs - and the dish freezes well.

5 Votes Since September 22nd


  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 litre beef stock (I use Campbells Real Stock)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 tablespooon of fresh rosemary)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 2 courgettes, diced
  • 300g mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of risoni pasta


  1. Combine the mince with 1/2 cup of stock, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic and rosemary. Roll into balls.
  2. Heat oil in a large fying pan or wok and cook meatballs until browned all over.
  3. Pour over the remaining stock, add tomatoes, courgettes, mushrooms - bring to the boil and then simmer, covered for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the risoni pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente and meatballs are cooked through.
Serves Cooking Time Prep Time
4-6 25 minutes 20 minutes

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