Family food to make in advance: comforting meatball stew 5 years ago

Family food to make in advance: comforting meatball stew

We Irish carry a multitude of characteristics, but speaking simply it can be said that we like a long sleep, a good laugh and a full tummy.

Honed from trips abroad, and countless seasons of Come Dine with Me, our palettes have slowly become a tad more sophisticated than the meat, veg and mash that were so popular when we were kids.

So with this foray into the more adventurous in mind, we want to keep you in the loop, for the most mouth watering (and easy-to-make) recipes around.

Quick and easy meatball stew


  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g small lean beef meatballs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 560ml jar passata
  • 200g frozen peas
  • few parmesan shavings, to serve (optional)


  • Boil the potatoes for 10 mins until tender.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan.
  • Season the meatballs, then brown them all over for about 5 mins.
  • From the pan, drain off any excess fat, then add the onion, garlic and rosemary.
  • Fry gently for 5 mins.2) Add passata to the pan, bring to a simmer, then add the meatballs.
  • Simmer for 5 mins or until everything is cooked through.
  • Add the potatoes and peas, then simmer for 1 min.
  • Pack into a flask or reheat at work, add Parmesan, if using, and eat with good crusty bread.
    Total Calories Per Serving 286.