Ricotta Balls

1 bag spinach
500g ricotta
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan
2 tbsp pesto

Wash the spinach thoroughly before removing the stalks and finely chopping. Cook in a pan until completely wilted and then allow to cool. When cool, drain absolutely all the liquid you can out of the spinach and place in a large bowl along with all the other ingredients. Mix well and season before rolling into walnut sized balls.

To cook the ricotta balls bring a large pot of water to the boil and carefully drop the balls in. It pays to do this in batches to keep the water up to temperature. Place the cooked balls in a colander to drain any excess water before putting in the tomato sauce.

Rich Tomato Sauce

410g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
olive oil
1 cup water
1 tbsp of tomato paste
¼ cup red wine
1 tsp of sugar
1cm chunk of Parmesan
1 tbsp of fresh or dried oregano
salt and pepper

Heat your pan and add some olive oil. Over a medium to low heat slowly cook the onion and garlic for 5-10 minutes. You want them to become translucent, not brown. Turn up the heat and add the red wine and cook until this evaporates. Add the tinned tomatoes, water, tomato paste, sugar, oregano and Parmesan*. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes before checking for seasoning. At this stage I placed everything in the blender and blended until smooth. Please make sure you can put hot things in your blender before doing this! Return the sauce to your pan to add the ricotta balls, or pour over hot ricotta balls. Serve with grated Parmesan on top and a green salad.

*I use my old Parmesan ends, rind and all for this and you can pop it in whole as it will melt through the sauce or ultimately be blended through at the end.



  1. i made this and they were delicious. the vege balls didn’t stay in tact but still tased divine. I’ve since made the sauce again with a different Vege ball recipe – YUM!

    • Probably not Dixie as the egg helps to bind them together. You might want to try chia seeds soaked in some water to make a gel (about 1 tblsp chia seeds to 1/4 cup water)

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