Meatballs in Tomato Sauce - Great with Pasta

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce - Great with Pasta

The sauce is so delicious, you'll want to slurp up the seasoned tomato sauce. The eggplants are full of umami. The kids will love it too, so serve it up with lots of rice or in a bento!

Ingredients: 4 servings

Eggplant (slim Japanese type)
2 small
1/2 large
1 clove
Green beans (frozen are fine)
About 20
Ground pork
About 300 g
◎ Soy sauce
1 teaspoon
◎ Sake
2 teaspoons
◎ Salt and pepper
To taste
◎ Sesame oil
2 teaspoons
Olive oil
2 tablespoons
※ Red chili peppers
to taste
□ Soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon
For the tomato sauce:
Canned cut tomatoes
1 can
△ Soup stock granules
2 teaspoons (or 1 cube)
△ Ketchup
2 tablespoons
△ Japanese Worcestershire-style sauce
2 tablespoons
△ Milk
2 tablespoons
△ Honey
1 to 2 tablespoons
△ Salt and pepper
a small amount
△ Instant coffee
1 teaspoon
△ Bay leaf (optional)
1 leaf


1. Slice the eggplants and soak in water to get rid of the bitterness.
2. Mince the onion and garlic. Cut the green beans in half.
3. In a bowl, mix the ground pork, chopped onion and ◎ ingredients and knead well. Divide into about 16 portions (make the portions small) and roll into balls.
4. Heat olive oil, chopped garlic, and red chili pepper in a deep pan. Add the meatballs and fry them while rolling them around over high heat.
5. When the meatballs have browned...
6. Add the drained eggplant slices from Step 1 and fry (until the eggplant has absorbed the oil and become limp).
7. Add the canned tomatoes...
8. Add the △ ingredients.
9. When the sauce is bubbly, add the green beans. Simmer over medium low heat until the sauce has thickened.
10. Drizzle on the □ soy sauce and toss lightly to finish. Serve and enjoy.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is the meatball variation of our family's standard recipe for simmered hamburger steaks. I got the idea from a cookbook I looked at a very long time ago! My family all love this.