Pesto meatballs recipes – cooking ideas from the Batch Lady

 THIS week I bring you two back to school recipes that the whole family will love!

Whether the kids are back at their desks or have still got a week or so left of holidays, these tasty dishes will help you get organised and prepared for those busy weeknights.


Pesto meatballs are incredibly quick to make if you have a tomato sauce in the freezerCredit: Shutterstock

They are so simple that the kids can even help to prepare them, so get organised and fill that freezer ready for the return-to-term school rush.

This week’s top tip is to make sure you always have a few batches of sauces in the freezer.

I always have tomato sauce in the freezer that I can use for pasta, meatballs or lasagne. They can be such a help for those evenings when you run out of time and have no idea what you are going to serve for dinner.

Get batching those sauces!

Pesto Meatballs (Serves 4)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes


  • 500g beef mince
  • 15g breadcrumbs
  • 5tbsp basil pesto
  • 60g parmesan, grated
  • 1 egg

Method: Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, season, and give it a good mix with your hands.

Tip the mixture out on to a surface and divide in two. Divide each half again into eight pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place all the meatballs into a freezer bag.

Ready to Freeze: Once your meatballs are in your freezer bag and sealed, make sure you label the bag before freezing flat.

Ready to Cook: Remove from the freezer and let the meatballs defrost completely. Cook in a preheated oven on a baking tray at 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes. Once cooked, stir into your tomato sauce and serve over spaghetti.

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Batch Lady Suzanne Mulholland’s motto is simple: cook fast and cook smartCredit: Ryan Ball

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