Appease A Hangry Household With These Quick, Tasty Spaghetti & ‘Cheats’ Meatballs

  • This article is sponsored by Heinz and their new range of pasta sauces, but all thoughts and opinions including recipe ideas and meal suggestions are my own.


    For a quick and easy family weeknight dinner, you really can’t go past this yummy Spaghetti with Cheats Meatballs. This simple yet delicious meal is a favourite in our house, especially as I can cook it and have it on the table within 30 minutes – perfect for when you have three ‘hangry’ kids in the house!

    The hard work of making meatballs is practically done already for you, thanks to using your favourite flavour of sausages, as all you need to do is cut off the ends and squeeze the meat out to create your cheats meatballs, then simply add a few other ingredients, plus Heinz Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce and you will have a filling and delicious family meal in no time!

    Full recipe is below. For more info on how to make delish and kid-friendly homemade meals using Heinz’ new pasta sauce range, head here.

    Spaghetti & Cheats Meatballs (Freezer Friendly!)

    This article is sponsored by Heinz and their new range […]

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    Servings: 6


    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 6 sausages
    • 2 cloves garlic - crushed
    • 1 brown onion - grated or finely chopped
    • 1 zucchini - grated or finely chopped
    • 525g jar of Heinz Pasta Sauce - Tomato and Basil
    • Pinch of salt and pepper
    • 200g of spaghetti - dry


    1. Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions.
    2. In the meantime, add the olive oil to the frying pan and heat over a medium heat. Cut the ends of the sausages and squeeze out the meat (directly into the frying pan) to form little meatballs.
    3. Add the grated onion and crushed garlic and cook for 3 minutes or until the onion begins to turn translucent.
      Add the grated zucchini and cook for a further 3 minutes - tossing the sausage 'meatballs' regularly to ensure they are brown on each side.
    4. Reduce the heat slightly and add the Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce and a pinch of pepper before cooking for a further 3 - 4 minutes or until the sausage meatballs are cooked through.
    5. Use a pair of tongs to carefully transfer the cooked pasta directly into the frying pan and gently toss it through the sauce mixture to coat.
    6. Divide between serving bowls and serve with parmesan cheese.