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Greek meatballs with risoni salad

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1Greek meatballs with risoni salad Empty Greek meatballs with risoni salad on 29th September 2009, 9:44 pm

Easy, healthy and very budget-friendly, these meatballs are packed with flavour and guaranteed to please the fussiest of palates!

Cooking Time 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)
800g lean beef mince
1 small red onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon oregano leaves, chopped
olive oil cooking spray
Risoni salad
1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 3/4 cups risoni pasta
1 tomato, quartered, deseeded, roughly chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon oregano leaves, chopped
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Method
Combine mince, onion, garlic and oregano in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls.
Spray a large, non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs, in batches, gently shaking pan, for 8 to 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
Make risoni salad: Meanwhile, combine lemon rind, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and garlic in a large bowl. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain and add to lemon juice mixture. Add tomato, onion, oregano and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
Spoon risoni salad into bowls. Top with meatballs and serve.

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