SW recipe: Meatballs with roasted tomato sauce and giant couscous


1,75 kg large vine tomatoes, removed from the vine

4 garlic cloves

1 tsp cumin seeds

2tsp ground coriander

500ml chicken stock

500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)

Low-calorie cooking spray

300g dried wholewheat giant couscous

Springs of fresh coriander, to serve

Cooked runner beans, to serve


1 Preheat your oven to 200°C/fan /80°C/gas 4, Lay the tomatoes on a large with baking tray lined with baking paper and scatter over the garlic cloves. Roast for an hour, or until the tomatoes are blackening  and ready to burst.

1 Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, add the cumin seeds and cook for 2.3 minutes until fragrant. Add the ground coriander and heat for a further minute. Tip the tomatoes with any juices and the garlic into the pan. Add 200ml of the stock and and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat, squash the tomatoes and  garlic with the back of a large spoon, then set aside.

3 To make the meatballs, put the mince in a bowl and season well roll into 20 balls using the palms of your hands and place on a plate Spray a wide, lidded, non-stick frying pan with a little low-calorie cooking spray and place aver a medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and fry for 3 minutes on each side until well browned. then add to the tomato sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then cover and simmer very gently over a low heat for 4•5 minutes. or until the meatballs are cooked through.

4 Meanwhile, in a large saucepan. bring the remaining stock and 700ml water to the bowl. Add the couscous and cook according to the pack instructions, then drain, devide between 4 bowls. Top with the meatballs, scatter aver the coriander. and serve with the beans.

Syns per serving: FREE
COOK’S NOTE The tomato and garlic sauce can be made up to 4 days ahead and kept in an airtight container in the fridge. Or pop it in the freezer for a later date .

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