Junior has teamed up with fresh recipe box brand, Marley Spoon, to present new and exciting recipes for you to cook for your family at home. We all love the idea of cooking with fresh ingredients, whipping up exciting menus to tantalise the tastebuds and treat our family to culinary delights every day of the week. But in practice, a busy family schedule isn't always conducive to serving up nutritious and exciting meals.

Marley Spoon, a meal ingredient delivery company, is here to make this way more commonplace, with its delicious ingredients, attention to detail, beautiful packaging, and detailed yet easy to follow instructions. This is the pleasing mid-week supper when time is not on your side.


  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 20g fresh parsley
  • 1 red pepper
  • 300g beef and pork mince
  • 10g breadcrumbs
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 200g spelt spaghetti
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tsp vinegar
  • pinch of sea salt and black pepper


  • STEP 1

    Prepare ingredients:

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan). Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Wash and roughly chop the parsley. Wash, deseed and finely chop the pepper. Separate the egg. Boil the kettle for cooking the pasta.

  • STEP 2

    Make meatballs:

    In a medium bowl, mix the mince, egg yolk, breadcrumbs, paprika powder and half of the chopped onion, half of the parsley and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Shape into ten golf balls and place on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for 10mins, turning halfway through.

  • STEP 3

    Cook spaghetti:

    Place the spaghetti and ½ tsp salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Fill with boiling water and cook for 10-12mins on a high heat until al dente. Reserve a good ladle full of the cooking water and drain.

  • STEP 4

    Make sauce:

    Meanwhile, heat 1tbsp oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Fry the remaining onion, garlic and pepper for 6mins, until soft. Add chopped tomatoes, sugar and vinegar (balsamic). Simmer for 6mins, until thickened. Add meatballs and cook for a further 2mins.

  • STEP 5

    Add spaghetti to sauce:

    Now, add the drained spaghetti to the frying pan with the meatballs and sauce, so the pasta is coated. If the sauce is too thick, stir in some of the reserved cooking water. Season well with salt and pepper.


    Divide the spaghetti between two dishes. Top with the meatballs and sprinkle over the remaining parsley.

Recipe: Marley Spoon

Photography: Alex

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