Meatball Marinara

This Meatball Marinara is perfect for the whole family, in fact it’s that good they probably won’t even realise it’s a slimming friendly meal.

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

Marinara sauce is an Italian recipe made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs and onions. Like many traditional Italian dishes there are many variations, but our version is packed full of speed foods. Which can only be good for helping with your weight loss, right?

If you work on 6 meatballs per person then this will work out at 222 calories per portion, and you’ll get 3 portions from this recipe.

We used shop bought low fat meatballs for this  Meatball Marinara recipe, but you could make your own using 5% Minced Beef.

You’ll find the instructions here in our Meatball Marinara recipe.

We like to use good quality Chopped Tomatoes and Tomato Puree, because we don’t find them anywhere near as watery as some other brands. And if you are going to make a traditional Italian dish you really do need traditional Italian tomatoes.

Meatball Marinara | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

You can serve these with pretty much whatever takes your fancy. Spaghetti, pasta, rice, homemade oven chips, anything!

Meatball Marinara | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

The best thing about this Meatball Marinara?

You can use any leftovers to make our Meatball Marinara Sliders of course!

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray! The Sunflower or Rapeseed Oil flavours are ideal for this Meatball Marinara recipe.

Meatball Marinara | Slimming & Weight Watchers Friendly

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Meatball Marinara

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  1. Saute the onions and garlic in a few sprays of Frylight, until they start to soften
  2. When the onion starts to soften add the meatballs, carrots and celery and continue to cook until they start to brown
  3. Add the courgettes and mushrooms, and allow to cook for a few minutes
  4. Add the herbs, tomato puree and chopped tomatoes. Stir well
  5. Mix the stock cube in about 100ml of boiling water, then add that to the pan. Mix well, then bring to the boil
  6. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes stirring occasionally
  7. Serve 6 meatballs per portion with spaghetti, pasta, rice slimming world chips or whatever you fancy

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.


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  1. Could I use beef stock cube instead of veg stock? As thinking of making it in the next couple of days and have already been shopping and have no veg stock at home? Thanks

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