Bowland Beef Meatball recipe

We buy our Bowland beef from a small farm on Longridge Fell called Chilsey Green Farm.  We often pop in and chat with the owners whilst out walking on the fell.

Chilsey Green Farm



Bowland Beef Meatballs

Delicious homemade meatballs with Forest of Bowland beef
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 4 People


For the meatballs

  • 1 Pack Forest of Bowland Beef mince
  • 1 Pack Fresh Parsley (Dried will do)
  • 1 Brioche Bun (Or other breadcrumbs)
  • 1 Salt & Ground Black Pepper to taste

For the sauce

  • 2 Tins Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Pack Quality cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Medium Red Onions
  • 1 Bulb Garlic (We like a LOT of garlic)
  • 1 Diced Courgette
  • 1 Large glass Red wine
  • 1 Cube Vegetable stock
  • 1 Cube Chicken stock
  • Half Cube Beef stock
  • 1 Bunch Fresh parsley Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Salt & Black Pepper


The meatballs

  • Blitz the brioche bun in a blender to make breadcrumbs
  • Put the beef in a large bowl and add the breadcrumbs
  • Chop up some of parsley and add to the bowl, and then and salt and black pepper to taste
  • Mix well with your hands
  • Roll into 12 firm meatballs
  • Griddle the meatballs to brown them well and set aside

The sauce

  • Dice the red onions and gently cook them in quality virgin olive oil
  • Add the garlic, we blitz ours with a little water and save two pieces to thinly slice
  • Add the diced courgette
  • Add the red wine, tinned tomatoes and cherry tomatoes and cook on a medium heat
  • Add all of the stock cubes, and oregano (don't put the chopped parsley in yet)
  • Add the meatballs and leave the sauce to simmer gently
  • After about 90 minutes add the chopped parsley and check the seasoning
  • Serve with your pasta of choice, we used linguine
  • Add some freshly grate parmareggio if you like