Jamie Oliver Meatballs

June 17, 2011

This is a simple post, following on from a rather hectic week. It seemed right to share this recipe with you. So I am.

You all know I’m a fan of twirling…and what better way to accompany a twirl than with beautiful juicy meatballs. One of my favourtie meatball recipes is this Jamie Oliver gem (recipe link). I have long doted on Jamie Oliver, I adore him in each and every way. And at the risk of sounding a little suspect, I adore his meatballs too.

The zesty, spiced flavour is light and lovely. Coupled with a rich tomato sauce, this is a bit of a special dish. Ben and I always try to double the recipe and freeze a whole bunch of meatballs and sauce, so that we have meatballs whenever we want. In a perfect world, everyone would have meatballs whenever they wanted, right?…

This dish makes for a fabulous mid-week Winter comfort meal. Perfect for when you’ve had one of those days, when obstacles to productivity seem to pop up at regular intervals in ascending intensity, and traffic seems to move that little bit slower than usual on the way home. All you need to do is defrost your serving, pop some pasta into boiling salted water, cuddle up on the couch with your loved one (significant other/family/friend/pup/glass of wine), and talk not about your frustrating day, rather marvel at how fabulous these meatballs are. You’ll end up feeling lighter, trust me.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa June 17, 2011 at 8:16 am

    oh I adore Jamie O too!!

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook June 17, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Meatballs are my fallback meal option too! Especially because I know the kids love them and Mr Chipconnoisseur adores leftovers stuffed into jaffles. Simple pleasures are sometimes the best. Yum!

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds June 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Oh yum, there's nothing better than spaghetti and meatballs with loads of fresh parmasean in Winter!

  • Heidi June 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Lisa – High Five!

    Martyna – agreed 🙂 simple pleasure…& yes, they're a v kid friendly meal, snap!

    Julia – here here 😉

    Heidi xo

  • Leah June 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    It is such spag bol or meatball weather right now, and Jamie recipes never fail in my house 🙂

  • Lisa June 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I truly believe in the healing power of meatballs. In fact I did exactly as you suggested this week. On Tuesday night we pulled a container of tomato and basil meatballs from the freezer, added them to pasta and curled up on the couch. My other half declared them a win and practically inhaled them. The perfect comforting winter food.

  • Blithely Unaware June 17, 2011 at 11:43 am


    It's exactly what Hamish did with the meatballs I made the other day for dinner.


  • wikigirl June 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I've made this before and it is lovely! You're right about feeling lighter after eating them.

  • Heidi June 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Leah – that's the same in my house too 🙂

    Lisa – oh how lovely, we're in the same boat 🙂 they do have super healing powers.

    Blithely Unaware – great minds 😉

    wikigirl – completely!! It's a real favourite recipe of mine.

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah June 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I have never, ever made spaghetti and meatballs! But if this recipe can cure a bad day, then I need to start 🙂

  • Adrian (Food Rehab) June 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I’ll always have a soft spot for meatballs. These look so good and would serve as a great addition to my comfort food calendar.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I'm mad for meatballs! My husband really liked Jamie so perhaps I can ask him to make these? 😛

  • Michelle Chin June 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    i love jamie o too. 🙂 he's so organic…

  • The InTolerant Chef June 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I think Jamie has done a fantastic job educating people on food as fun/family/health/lifestyle choices, not just as fuel and fat. He's a real foodie hero. PS have you ever listened to Tripods song about him? It's hilarious!

  • chutneyandspice June 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I love Jamie Oliver, I went to a talk he gave a few years ago and he was exactly the same as he is on TV – passionate, energetic and fun. We had meatballs this week, my children seem to really love them. This has reminded me to look to Jamie for some good recipes, thank you!

  • Indie.Tea June 18, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I really like everything I've seen of Jamie Oliver's on the 'net. I've only tried one of his recipes (a simple but delicious one on porcini mushrooms).
    The meatballs sound great!

  • Heidi June 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Hannah – yes you do need to start! Hope today is sunnier for you 🙂

    Adrian – you should definitely include these in your comfort food calendar 😉

    Lorraine – yes, do ask him! You'll both love them 🙂

    Michelle – absolutely!

    InTolerant Chef – no I have never, I will look it up stat!!

    chutneyandspice – oh how fun to go to a talk! I would love to. V jealous 🙂

    Indie.Tea – he does have some real gems. His slow-roasted pork with fennel is a real winner too mmmmm

    Heidi xo

  • wikigirl June 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Can you write a cookbook please? I just finished making your brownies and realised that everything I have made recently has come from your blog/inspiration from your tweets 🙂 I would most definitely purchase it!

  • Heidi June 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Awwwwwe 🙂 thanks, lovely! How sweet – that's a lovely compliment. Maybe one day I will, that would be fabulous 🙂 xo

  • KittyCate June 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oooooh these look fantastic! Agree that a cookbook from you would be a perfect idea, I'd buy it! xx

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    you had me at meatballs…..

    try his mountain meatballs! I have to make them again, everyone still raves about them!

  • Heidi June 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Cate – naw thanks guys *blush*

    Michele – Gah!! Off to research that recipe – how could I not know about it?! I knew you'd love these, Miss Meatball Queen 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) June 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I must admit that I have NEVER made a Jamie Oliver recipe before! :O I really should!

  • Anna Johnston June 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I love Jamies meatballs (ouch, but that sounds dirty doesn't it…) apologies Lovely Heidi…., but you know I too am a big old fan of Jamie too., he's one of my heroes. You really do feel a new spring in your step after devouring these little babies I have to wholeheartedly agree 🙂