Beef Meatballs & Gluten Free Penne Pasta


Parmesan cheese adds a lovely depth of flavour to this recipe, as all dairy cheeses are gluten free be sure to use unprocessed cheese, therefore use freshly grated parmesan.

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

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Serves: 4 people

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  1. In a large bowl, combine the red onion, garlic, chilli flakes, flat parsley, minced beef and egg.
  2. Taking a walnut size piece of beef, mould the meatballs into small balls using your hands and place onto the baking tray (it should make about 12 – 15 balls).
  3. Cover with cling film and store in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  4. In a large pan, over a medium heat, drizzle some olive oil.
  5. Place the meatballs onto the pan and fry for approximately 6 – 8 minutes until the meatballs are browned and sealed all over.
  6. When cooked, remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and place into a bowl and keep warm.
  7. Using the same pan, add the second half red onion, and cook for 3 – 4 minutes until softened.
  8. Pour in the wine, tomato passata, oregano, and seasoning and bring to a gentle simmer for 4 -5 minutes.
  9. Add the meatballs at this stage and cook on a low heat for another 10 -15 minutes.
  10. Add some water to the sauce if required.
  11. In the meantime, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water as per pack instruction.
  12. Just before serving add a drizzle of cream, check the seasoning and serve immediately on top of the pasta.
  13. Sprinkle with parmesan.

*Check Coeliac Society of Ireland Food List for gluten free brands.

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