Chalmar Farm kitchen | LUNCHBOX SPAGHETTI


Serves 10-12 | 55 Mins | Easy
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There’s just something irresistible about meatballs in tomato sauce. Chef Anja Bands turns this loved comfort food into a flavour-packed feast for the lunch box. “An interesting lunch box banishes back-to-school-blues and entice kids away from tempting fast food,” says Anja.

Chalmar matriarch Pat Wethmar’s grandsons – 8 year old JR (the dinosaur expert) and super sportsman Angus (11) – help with the cooking. They enjoy forming the spaghetti nests in the muffin pan and filling it with the meatballs and sauce.

A popular family dish such as meatballs is a great way to disguise healthy vegetables and get around picky eaters. Add grated zucchini, carrot and celery or fried diced aubergine to the mince mixture or the sauce.

Chalmar Beef Mince Meatballs


  • Pasta sauce
  • 2 onions peeled and chopped
  • 30ml oil
  • 2 x 400g tins tomatoes, whole or chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 20ml honey
  • Fresh basil to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Meatballs
  • 500g CHALMAR Beef 90/10 mince*
  • 150g fresh/dry breadcrumbs or rolled oats
  • 1 onion, peeled and grated
  • 30ml Worcester sauce
  • 30ml chutney
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked with a fork
  • Salt and pepper
  • Preparing the muffins
  • 250g spaghetti, cooked according to instructions on the box
  • 90g grated parmesan cheese, plus extra to sprinkle on top
  • 3 eggs
  • Cooked meatballs
  • Pasta sauce


Pasta sauce

Fry onions in oil until just tender and add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to boil and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool down

To make the meatballs

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Lightly mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Shape the mixture in small meatballs (easier if you roll with damp palms) and place in an oven dish in one layer. Cover with tomato sauce and bake for 15 minutes.

To make muffins

Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray two 12-hole muffin trays with cooking spray

Mix spaghetti, cheese and eggs together in a bowl. Divide the mixture between the

Muffin cups, twirling the spaghetti to make a nest.

Top each nest with 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce, 2-3 meatballs and another tablespoon pasta sauce. Sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese.

Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted. Garnish with

chopped or torn basil before serving. Store leftovers in the fridge

Anja’s Advice:

Chalmar’s mince options vary in fat content. 90/10 mince refers to 90% meat and 10% fat (ideal for meatballs), while 80/20 mince makes for the juiciest burgers. For a leaner option choose 95/5 mince. You can also replace Chalmar Beef mince with Chalmar lamb mince.

Get the kids to give a hand.