Everyday Meals

Ceci Al Forno


Chick peas in a tomato sauce with Italian style meatballs.

Prep time:10 mins

Cook time:20 mins

Serves: 4


  • 500g lean mince beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • Plain flour, for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup frozen Birds Eye Chopped Onions
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 400g can Edgell Chick Peas, drained
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup Leggo's Tomato Paste
  • 1/3 cup grated reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish


Step 1

Combine mince, seasonings and basil in a bowl and mix well. Shape mixture into 10 balls and lightly dust with flour.

Step 2

Heat half the oil in a large frypan, add meatballs and cook in batches until well browned and cooked through. Drain on absorbent paper and keep warm.

Step 3

Heat remaining oil in frypan, sauté frozen Birds Eye Chopped Onions and garlic, stirring continuously for 1 minute. Stir in Edgell Chick Peas, tomatoes and Leggo's Tomato Paste. Simmer covered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally or until sauce is slightly thickened.

Step 4

Pour sauce into a 6 cup ovenproof baking dish, arrange meatballs on top and sprinkle with mozzarella. Place under a preheated grill and cook for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling.

Tasty Tip!

This hearty winter dish is delicious accompanied with crusty Italian bread.

Ceci Al Forno
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