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Messy Meatball Buns

Jamie Oliver's recipe for Meatball Buns from the book of his Channel 4 series, Jamie's Quick & Easy Food, brings together great Italian flavours in a burger bun.

From the book

Ingredients

400g lean minced beef
8 heaped tbsp green pesto
1 x 400g tin of plum tomatoes
1 x 250g ball of mozarella
4 soft burger buns

Method

Use your clean hands to scrunch the minced beef with half the pesto and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Split into 12 pieces and, with wet hands, roll into balls. Brown the balls all over in a non-stick frying pan on a high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, shaking the pan regularly.

Once the balls are golden and gnarly, pour in the tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon, along with just a quarter of a tin’s worth of water. Bring to the boil, slice the mozzarella and lay over the balls, pop the lid on and leave to thicken for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Meanwhile, warm your buns in a large dry non-stick frying pan or in the oven on a low heat.

Split each bun and spread 1 heaped teaspoon of pesto inside. Divvy up the balls and mozzarella with a little sauce, serving the rest on the side for dunking.

CALORIES 495kcal FAT 24g SAT FAT 8.5g PROTEIN 35.5g CARBS 35.5g SUGAR 5.8g SALT 2g FIBRE 2.4g

5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House ⓒ Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited. Photographer: David Loftus

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