Fast Recipes

Veal and parmesan meatballs in broth with ditalini

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast recipe for veal and parmesan meatballs in broth with ditalini.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4
Veal and parmesan meatballs in broth with ditalini
Veal and parmesan meatballs in broth with ditalini


  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 slices soft sandwich bread
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) milk
  • 500 gm minced veal
  • 250 gm minced pork
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 35 gm (1/3 cup) finely grated parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 180 gm (1 cup) ditalini, or other short pasta
  • 1.2 litres butcher-quality chicken stock
  • 2 cups (1 small bunch) thinly sliced cavolo nero


  • 1
    Heat half the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add onion and stir until tender (3-5 minutes). Meanwhile, soak bread in milk until liquid is absorbed (2 minutes), then finely chop, return to bowl and add onion (set pan aside). Combine veal, pork, garlic and parmesan in a separate bowl, then add onion mixture and season well. Knead to combine, then form into golf-ball-sized meatballs.
  • 2
    Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (10 minutes), then drain and divide among 4 bowls.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, wipe frying pan clean, add remaining oil and cook the meatballs in batches over high heat, turning occasionally, until golden and just cooked through (6-8 minutes).
  • 4
    Bring chicken stock to the boil, add cavolo nero and meatballs, return to the boil, then serve scattered with extra parmesan to taste.