Meatball & Garlic Bread Traybake


Make this comforting meatball and garlic bread traybake for a dinner the whole family will enjoy. You could buy a pack of meatballs if you’re short on time.

  1. Combine the mince, oregano, fennel seeds and some seasoning in a bowl. Take walnut-sized pieces of the mixture and roll into balls. Heat half the oil in a large, shallow ovenproof pan and cook the meatballs until browned all over – don’t worry if they’re not cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.

  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and add the onion. Cook until softened, about 10-12 mins, stirring regularly. Stir in the garlic for another minute, then the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and sugar. 

  3. Simmer for 10-15 mins, then season to taste. Place the meatballs on top of the sauce, then add the mozzarella, garlic bread and the cheddar on top. Bake for 15-20 mins until golden and crisp.

Credit: Cassie Best


Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cook time: 50 Minutes

Serves: 3

  • 350g turkey thigh mince

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

  • 1½ tbsp olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • 150g ball mozzarella, torn into pieces

  • 4 garlic breadsticks or garlic bread slices, torn or chopped into chunks

  • 25g cheddar, grated

  • green salad or spaghetti, to serve