Joe Wicks' big beefy meatballs

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Body Coach Joe Wicks Lean in 15 recipes big juicy meatballs
Body Coach Joe Wicks Lean in 15 recipes big juicy meatballs
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Joe says, 'Oh! They're back again - my big juicy meatballs. But this time with my favourite rigatoni pasta. Turkey, beef or pork meatballs will all work well with this sauce, so feel free to mix it up.'


  • 200g dried rigatoni
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 250g ready-made beef meatballs
  • 1 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 200g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 50g frozen peas
  • handful of baby spinach leaves
  • A few basil leaves, to serve - optional

You can use any shaped pasta you like, but choose one with a hole or twisted structure so that it will catch all the lovely sauce.


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil to get started on your Lean in 15 meatballs meal. Drop in the rigatoni and cook according to the packet instructions.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat. Add the onion and fry, stirring regularly, for 1 minute before tumbling in the meatballs. Fry the ingredients together, stirring every now and then, for about 2 minutes, by which time the meatballs should be starting to colour.
  3. Pour in the vinegar and the chopped tomatoes, along with about 75ml of water, and sprinkle in the sugar. Place a lid on top of the pan (if you don’t have a lid then cover with a large plate), bring the whole lot to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes, by which time the meatballs should be cooked through.
  4. About 2 minutes before the pasta is ready, drop the frozen peas into the saucepan. Bring the water back up to the boil and then drain in a colander. Leave in the colander until you're ready to serve.
  5. Check that the meatballs are cooked by cutting into one to make sure there are no raw pink bits left, then stir through the spinach, allowing it to wilt in the residual heat. Chuck the drained pasta and peas into the meatball sauce, mix everything together and serve with a scattering of basil leaves, if using.

Lean in 15: The Shape Plan by Joe Wicks is out now (Bluebird, £16.99)
Image copyright: Maja Smend 2015

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Karen Vinter

This sounds yummy, but the recipe currently states that the meal is for one. And so, I have to ask...200g of dried pasta?! That's over 700 calories for the pasta alone. The meatballs will be another 600 or so calories. So, I'm assuming there has been a typo, and that this recipe is meant to be for more than one person? Could someone correct it please?

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