1.Starting in a large cold saucepan add the bacon lardons and place on a medium heat. Once the fat renders add the olive oil.
2.Reduce the heat and add the onions, carrots, celery sticks and garlic cloves and fry for 10 mins until the veg often until it softens.
3.Increase the heat to high, adding the meatballs stirring frequently for 5mins until browned all over.
4.Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and cover with a lid. Cook for 30-45 mins stirring occasionally until thickened or optionally blend after 30mins with a hand Blender and continue to cook for the last 15mins.
5.Finally stir in the milk and season to taste.
𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 - grated parmesan, the remaining basil leaves and as much garlic bread as you want!