Ottolenghi’s ricotta and oregano meatballs recipe

Ottolenghi’s ricotta and oregano meatballs recipe

Serves 6 persons




  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and sauté the onion until softened, about 8-10 minutes. Remove half the onion and set aside for the meatballs.
  2. Add the garlic and oregano to the onions in the pan and cook for another minute or two, then add the tomato paste and stir through. Pour in the wine and reduce by half.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and half the stock. Season lightly with salt and pepper, cover partially and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. For the meatballs, combine the beef, breadcrumbs, ricotta, parmesan and reserved onions in a mixing bowl. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add the egg mixture and parsley and mix together by hand. Shape into evenly sized balls. You’ll get about 18 per batch.
  5. Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick pan. Brown the meatballs on both sides, turning gently with a spoon. Place the meatballs in the tomato sauce, add the remaining stock, cover and simmer until the sauce is thickened and the meat, cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.
  6. For the crispy oregano: Heat 20ml olive oil in a pan and fry 3-4 sprigs oregano until crisp. Scatter the oregano over the meatballs and drizzle the pan oils over, too.

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