Chilli Cheesy Meatballs with Spaghetti

You'll never have normal spaghetti and meatballs after this! You can surprise your guests with a cheesssyyy filled centre....they'll love you for it! 

Serves 4
500g beef mince 
1 zucchini, grated finely and excess water squeezed out
6 mint leaves
2 garlic cloves, crushed 
1/4 cup chopped parsley 
1/4 cup bread crumbs ( I used gluten free!) 
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes  
1/2 tsp dried oregano 
100g red cheddar, cut into cubes 
1 egg

2 400g cans of crushed tomatoes 
1 medium brown onion, finely diced 
1 long red chilli, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed 
2 tbsp. olive oil 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp. dried oregano
6 basil leaves 
1 cup water

500g Spaghetti (4 serving packet) 
Parmesan to sprinkle 


  1. Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Set aside until ready to serve. 
  2. To make the meatballs, add the meatballs, zucchini, mint, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, oregano, chilli, egg and breadcrumbs into a large mixing bowl. Mix WELL. 
  3. Roll meatballs to your desired size, and place a cube of cheese in the middle and continue to roll. Cover the cheese by rolling the meat around it to ensure it doesn't melt out!
  4. On a large non-stick pan, splash a small amount of olive oil and brown the meatballs, but don't cook all the way through! 
  5. Set meatballs aside.
  6. To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a deep pot over medium to high heat for 2 minutes. 
  7. Add onion, garlic and chilli and cook for 5 minutes or until onion becomes translucent, ensuring to stir constantly. 
  8. Add crushed tomatoes and water heat for 5 minutes. 
  9. Add salt, pepper and oregano and the meatballs.
  10. Leave to simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes. 
  11. Add basil leaves and cook for a further 5 minutes. 
  12. Serve with your favourite pasta!