Tuesday, 1 July 2014


This is another quick and simple recipe to throw together for supper when you don't have much time. It's packed with flavour thanks to a tube of ready to use Harissa Paste from Sainsbury's and it's also a great way of making a packet of your favourite sausages a bit more interesting and go a lot further.

Start with your meatballs.  Remove the skins from a packet of sausages and cut each sausage into 3.  Roll the meat in the palm of your hand and form them into balls.  Place them onto a baking tray lined with parchment (much easier to remove and less washing up time) Now bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C.

For the sauce, cook 1 Onion chopped in a 1 tbsp of Oil along with 2 large teaspoons of Harissa (you can adjust this to your own taste and add more if you like. Then add 1 Pepper chopped into chunks.  I used a 4 mini peppers, 2 red and 2 orange for the colour. Cook until soft and starting to brown. Add 1 Garlic Clove crushed and cook for a further 2 minutes. I now add 1 Courgette peeled and grated (this gets a bit of extra veg into the children without them knowing) Cook everything till it all becomes soft and the courgette starts to mush.    Finish by adding in 1 Tin of Tomatoes and 1 tbsp of Tomato Puree.  If the sauce is too thick pour in half a tin of water or if you have some wine handy you could use that instead.  Leave it to cook for 20 minutes so the flavours can develop and check for seasoning.

Once the meatballs are cooked and brown, add them into the sauce and cook for another 5 minutes.

 We had it with rice but it's also great with pasta or flat breads