Al Forno Meatballs

Al forno meatballs
"Al forno" means "baked in the oven" in Italian. To make al forno meatballs, you will need to first prepare your meatball mixture using ground meat, breadcrumbs, eggs, and any desired seasonings.
This recipe for Al Forno is a twist on the typical meatballs recipe, and uses a spicier prepared sauce as the base. There are few foods are more comforting – or more filling – than homemade meatballs so we hope you love this recipe.
You can substitute the beef for lamb or pork mince, or a mixture of them. I personally suggest making this in advance, letting it cool, and then reheating to serve as reheated food always seems to taste better.
This recipe was kindly provided by Sacla, who produce a wonderful range of authentic Italian foods.
You can serve the meatballs as is, or toss them with your favorite sauce and serve over pasta or rice. Enjoy!
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2


  • 500 g beef mince
  • 350 g jar sacla' italian tomato, roasted pepper & fiery red chilli al forno bake
  • 1 small red onion
  • 50 g  breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 25 g fresh parmesan (grated)


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the mince, onion, breadcrumbs, parsley and egg. Take golf-ball sized amounts of the mixture and roll into balls.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and brown the meatballs for about 5 minutes.
  • Tip the meatballs into an ovenproof dish.
  • Shake jar and pour over the meatballs.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is bubbling.
  • Sprinkle over the Parmesan, and serve. Buon Appetito!

If you love Italian food, you might find our article about Italian Food Terms useful.

The first American recipe featured meatballs appeared in "Aunt Babette's Cook Book" in 1889.