Our Kai Learn Team Lead Libby May has shared some of the popular recipes from her cooking classes. These are all family-friendly and budget-conscious ideas you can whip up with as little fuss as possible.

One-pan Meatballs

Course Main Course


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Grater
  • Large, deep sided oven tray or dish
  • Chopping board/large plate


  • 500 grams beef Mince 13% fat
  • 500 grams pork mince 13% fat
  • 2 can chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/4 cup ground rice crispies
  • 1 splash oil for frying
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cube beef stock
  • 1/2 can water (just in case)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 200C.
  • Put oil in oven dish/pan into the oven to heat up.
  • Finely chop onion.
  • Peel carrot and finely grate along with courgette and celery (discard celery fibres).
  • Place onions, vegetables, mince meats, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and ground rice crispies into mixing bowl. Get your hands in and give everything a good mix up until well combined.
  • Make golf ball-sized meatballs, placing onto chopping board on large plate.
  • Once all meatballs are made, take out the oven dish/pan from the oven. Put the meatballs in dish/pan, pour over tomatoes. Put tray back into the oven for 10-15 minutes until the top of the meatballs start to brown and have shrunk in size a bit. IF you think the sauce needs water, now is the time to add this.
  • Take out meatballs, turn them over. Sprinkle stock cube through the tomatoes and gently stir, then put back into the oven for another 15mins until meatballs are nicely browned and the sauce is bubbling away nicely.
  • Take out the meatballs from the oven and check they are cooked to your liking and give the everything a taste test. Season sauce with salt and pepper if you think it needs it.
  • Bring to the table and watch it disappear.


  • Serve with spaghetti and parmesan cheese.
  • Don't worry about how much salt and herbs go into the meat, the flavours come out into the tomatoes during cooking.
  • Same with the vegetables. The fine grate means the veg disappears into the meat. They also add a sweetness and depth of flavour.
  • I use 13% fat content in meat because fat is what gives us flavour. The 5% fat content stuff makes for a drier meatball so you will need to add an egg when making. The 18% stuff will need a ½ cup of rice crispies to stop them shrinking too much.
  • The smaller the meatballs the faster the cook.

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