Tomato Meatballs

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Well, if you are not already making meatballs then the right time to begin is now. Meatballs are a great snack to grab for protein and a lovely addition to any pasta dish whether you include grains or spaghetti squash. Tomatoes and mince are also cheap to buy making this meal affordable and easy to make.

Tomato Meatballs

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 700 g ground beef (beef mince)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 long red chilli
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 can tinned diced chopped tomatoes


  1. Combine the ground beef with the spices and salt in a bowl and mix through well using clean hands. Roll the mixture into small 2-inch balls and set aside.

  2. Press the Sauté key on the Instant Pot (it should say Normal, 30 mins). Add the olive oil, onions, chill and salt and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring a few times. Then press Keep Warm/Cancel.

  3. Add the meatballs, sprinkle with garlic and pour over the tinned tomatoes. Stir through and spread the meatballs evenly in the sauce.

  4. Place and lock the lid, making sure the steam releasing handle is pointing to Sealing. Press Manual, High pressure and set to 5 minutes. After 3 beeps the pressure cooker will start going.

  5. Release the pressure naturally, for about 10 minutes, which will finish cooking the meatballs.

  6. Follow by a quick release to let out any remaining pressure.

  7. Serve over spaghetti, rice, sliced baguettes or with a side of cauliflower rice or steamed vegetables for a Whole30/Paleo friendly meal.

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