Lisa Faulkner's spicy pork meatballs: step-by-step video recipe

Published Sunday, Nov 17 2013, 11:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Meatballs are the ultimate warming dinner to enjoy with the family on a cold winter evening. If you fancy jazzing up this classic dish, then how about trying this recipe from former MasterChef winner, Lisa Faulkner?

Swapping the standard Italian ingredients for something a bit spicier, it uses ginger, chili and star anise to create a twist on this family-favourite.

Lisa Faulkner's winter meatballs

© Kikkoman Soy Sauce


  • 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • Thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 400g pork mince
  • Pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 75g dry white breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • For the sauce:
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • Pinch sugar
  • To serve:
  • 300g dried linguine


1 Blitz the spring onions and ginger in a food processor until finely chopped, then add the remaining ingredients. Pulse until combined and tip into a large bowl.

2 Shape the mixture into marble-sized meatballs. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3 Meanwhile make the sauce. Heat a little olive oil in a large heavy based pan, add the onions and fry for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and star anise and fry for a further 2 minutes.

4 Add the tomato puree, tomatoes, soy sauce and sugar and simmer for 20 minutes until thickened.

5 When the sauce is nearly ready, heat a little olive oil in a deep frying pan. Add the meatballs and fry for 5 minutes until golden brown all over.

6 When the sauce is ready, pour it over the meatballs and cook for a further 10 minutes.

7 During this time, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 7-8 minutes until al dente. Drain and reserve a little of the cooking water.

8 Add the cooked pasta and a ladleful of the cooking water to the meatballs and sauce and toss to coat. Serve with a crisp green salad.

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Watch Lisa Faulkner make this yummy dish:

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