Gluten-free Airfryer Meatballs

Chef and gut health specialist Holly le Roux shares her beautifully delicious and easy meatballs recipe!

Recipe by: Holly Clare Le Roux


  • 500g beef mince meat
  • 500g pork mince meat (fatty)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 3ml salt
  • A good crack of black pepper
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbsp potato starch
  • 1 large egg
  • Pasta: gluten-free pasta of your choice
  • Basic tomato pasta sauce:
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tin peeled whole tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • A good glug of red wine
  • Salt, pepper – a crack
  • (Sugar/balsamic to balance sweet/acidity)
  • Toppings:
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Fresh basil leaves

How To Make Gluten-free Airfryer Meatballs

  1. Combine minced meat, chopped onion, garlic, roasted red pepper flakes, fresh herbs, potato starch, egg, salt and pepper in a bowl
  2. Using your hands, mix the ingredients until combined.
  3. To form the meatballs, I like to weigh them out at 40g each for even cooking, then roll them gently into balls in the palm of my hands.
  4. Once rolled, transfer to a tray in the fridge to firm up slightly.
  5. Get your sauce on the go – I use a simple tomato sauce here:
  6. Add your chopped onion, celery and carrot to a pan and fry in olive oil until browned.
  7. Add tomato paste and cook for a few minutes.
  8. Add tomatoes, 500ml stock and a good glug of red wine.
  9. Let the sauce simmer, add a pinch of sugar or balsamic vinegar to balance out the sweetness/acidity. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. Preheat your airfrier and distribute the meatballs evenly giving them enough distance between one another.
  11. Set the timer for 10-12 minutes at 180° and air fry until cooked through.
  12. Add the meatballs straight into the sauce and let them simmer while your pasta cooks.
  13. Pour the meatballs and sauce over the pasta, sprinkle over some fresh basil and a hearty helping of parmesan cheese.

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