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Meatball Marinara

All those pics of Meatball Marinara sandwiches that I have seen have made me hungry. But not desperate !! I am not going to go off plan to fill my mouth with hundreds of calories so I decided to make my own. And the bonus is, my meatballs in sauce are syn free. Have them with pasta, make a sandwich using your bread allowance if you are on Slimming Swirls or simply enjoy on it’s own. The other beauty about this recipe is the sauce. It’s mainly made in the blender so you will need either a Nutribullet, a processor, or a stick blender. Whichever way it’s so easy to make.

To make the sauce you will need

1 400gm tin of tomatoes

3 tbsp tomato purée

2 tbsp parsley

1 tsp dried minced garlic

1 tsp dried oregano

1 medium onion finely chopped

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper



In a large frying pan sauté the onion until soft. Add all the ingredients into a processor and blend until smooth. Set aside.

To make the meatballs you will need


250gms less than 5% fat minced beef

1 medium red onion finely chopped

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chopped coriander


Salt and pepper as you like


In a large frying pan, sauté the onion until soft.

In a large bowl combine the mince, cumin, chilli powder, and seasoning with the onion and mix with a fork. When mixed, using your hands shape the mixture into mini meatballs. The smaller they are the less time they will take to cook.

In a large frying pan sprayed with frylight add the meatballs, any leftover bits of sautéed onions and fry over a medium heat until browned all over. Add the Marinara sauce, bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for apx 20 minutes. Taste the sauce. I added a couple of tsp of sweetener as I find tomato based sauces can be a bit tart. Serve as desired.

I served mine as a simple ‘sub’ ‘toastie’ style sandwich and a slice of Gouda cheese

To make my wrap I simply laid the piece of Lo-Dough in a hot griddle pan. Spooned one portion of the meatballs on one side, topped with the cheese. Folded the other half over and cooked until the chargrilled stripes appeared on both sides.

Nutritional information

If you are making a sandwich then this recipe will serve 4 – that’s what my nutritional values below are based on. Please add an extra 39 calories for the Lo-Dough and 90 for the Gouda. Otherwise this will serve 2-3

Serving 4 – 104 calories per portion

Carbs 5.8 gms

Fat 3.4 gms

Carbs 13.2

Syns – nil

Important: Please check your own syn values to protect your own weight loss journey – syns are correct at time of posting

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