Pork Meatball Parmigiana

Prep time 25 minutes Cook time 40 minutes

Serves 5 people



  • 1kg pork mince
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 700g jar tomato pasta sauce or tomato passata
  • 1 ½ cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • Leafy green salad and crusty bread, to serve


  1. 1.
    To make meatballs, combine pork mince, 3 cloves crushed garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan and lemon rind in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Using ¼ cup mince mixture per meatball, roll into balls. Place on a tray, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. 2.
    Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Heat oil in a large deep oven-proof frying pan over medium heat. Cook meatballs, in batches turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until evenly browned. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.
  3. 3.
    Add onion and remaining 2 cloves crushed garlic to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until tender. Stir in tomato sauce or passata pasta sauce and bring to boil.
  4. 4.
    Add meatballs to pan. Stir to coat in tomato mixture. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover, stir and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes until cheese melts.
  5. 5.
    Serve with a leafy green salad and crusty bread.

General Information

If you do not have a lid for your frying pan, you can simply cover the pan tightly with grease proof paper and foil.