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Joe's big beefy meatballs

Posted by Joe Wicks in Recipes

Oh! They're back again - my big juicy meatballs. But this time with my favourite rigatoni pasta. Turkey, beef or pork meatballs will all work well with this sauce, so feel free to mix it up.



200g dried rigatoni

½ tbsp coconut oil

½ red onion, finely chopped

250g ready-made beef meatballs

1 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar

200g tinned chopped tomatoes

1 tsp sugar

50g frozen peas

handful of baby spinach leaves

a few basil leaves, to serve – optional


Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Drop in the rigatoni and cook according to the packet instructions.

Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the onion and fry, stirring regularly, for 1 minute before tumbling in the meatballs. Fry the ingredients

together, stirring every now and then, for about 2 minutes, by which time the meatballs should be starting to colour.

Pour in the vinegar and the chopped tomatoes, along with about 75ml of water, and sprinkle in the sugar. Place a lid on top of the pan (if you don’t have a lid then cover with a large plate), bring the whole lot to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes, by which time the meatballs should be cooked through.

About 2 minutes before the pasta is ready, drop the frozen peas into the saucepan. Bring the water back up to the boil and then drain in a colander. Leave in the colander until you’re ready to serve.

Check that the meatballs are cooked by cutting into one to make sure there are no raw pink bits left, then stir through the spinach, allowing it to wilt in the residual heat. Chuck the drained pasta and peas into the meatball sauce, mix everything together and serve with a scattering of basil leaves, if using.



Credit: Recipe taken from my new book 'Lean in 15 - The Shape', out now in paperback, RRP £14.99 (Bluebird). Recipe image ©Maja Smend. 

Click here to buy Lean In 15 - The Shape Plan.

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Joe Wicks

About Joe Wicks

Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.

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