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Meatball Marinara Cups

Serves 4


  • 350g of ground beef
  • pinch of salt and black pepper
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of onion powder
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce
  • 8 slices regularof whole wheat bread
  • 90g of mozzarella cheese
  • oil or butter
  • finely chopped fresh Italian parsley or basil


  • Preheat oven to 180c/350f
  • Remove crusts from bread, so that each slice weighs 30g/1ozz
  • Using a rolling pin, roll over each slice of bread to flatten.
  • Spray both sides of bread with spray oil or spread with a little butter
  • Push down into a muffin tray to form bread cups.
  • Place in oven and bake for approx 20mins until lightly golden
  • Add ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Form into 8 meatballs (they should be about the right size to fit in each bread cup)
  • Place on a baking tray lined with parchment and place in the oven and bake for approx 10-15mins to lightly brown.
  • Once bread cups are ready and meatballs lightly browned.
  • Add the meatballs to bowl and cover well with marinara sauce.
  • Place one meatball with sauce into each toasted bread cup and then top with mozzarella cheese.
  • Repeat with all 8 cups.
  • Place back in the oven for approx 15 mins, until cheese is melted and golden.
  • Top with a little chopped fresh Italian parsley or basil.
  • Enjoy!!