Swedish Meatballs, Italian Pasta, Indian Twist

This is a one-pot recipe that helps you make a main course meal very quickly!

Preparation time: 5 min

Cooking time: 5-10 min
Serves: 4


1/2 kg ground beef, thawed (or mutton, if you like)
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
medium-sized onion, finely chopped
2-3 tsp red chilli flakes
1/2 tbsp salt and freshly-ground black pepper
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup unsalted beef (or mutton or buffalo) stock
2 cups milk
400 g fettuccine pasta
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup coriander, chopped
salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

mixing bowls, large and small
chef’s knife
wooden spoon
cheese grater
large pot
measuring cups and spoons




Tip: Always prepare a mise en place by arranging all the ingredients before cooking. It makes things easy for you, speeds up the process, and helps you avoid mistakes.


1 Wash thawed ground beef in a colander and set aside.


2 In a small bowl, prepare the beef stock.


3 Chop garlic, onions and coriander.


4 Grate cheese.

5 If bread crumbs aren’t available, put a couple of slices of day-old bread through a food processor until you have crumbs.



1 In a large bowl, combine beef with chilli flakes, garlic, onions, ginger-garlic paste, and 1/2 tbsp of salt and pepper. Mix until well-blended.

2 Pinch out a golf-ball-sized amount of meat and roll into a ball. Continue until all the beef is balled.

3 Heat oil in the pot on medium-low heat and fry the meatballs. Make sure all sides are equally fried. If all the meatballs don’t fit the pan, fry them in batches. Remove the fried ones from the pan and place on a tray lined with butter paper while the rest are frying. Once all the meatballs are done, put them all back into the pan.

4 On low heat, deglaze the pan with the beef stock. Add milk and increase the heat. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

5 When the milk begins to bubble, add the pasta and keep mixing until the pasta is cooked al dente. If it takes more time, slightly lower the heat and cover the pot for a few minutes to speed up the process.

6 Once the pasta is done, mix well and season with coriander and grated cheese. Mix until the cheese has melted.

7 Serve hot!





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