Meatballs & Spaghetti

There are few meals more comforting that spaghetti and meatballs; it is filling and delicious and I used my favourite tomato sauce recipe. Even if you just use this recipe for the sauce, please do it. When I first made this sauce it was a life goal achieved; a quick, easy and utterly delicious pasta sauce, made from real and fresh ingredients. Meatballs

When combined with Parmesan….divine.

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Ingredients: (To make meatballs for 2-4)

  • 500 g of minced pork (or beef or a mixture of the two)
  • A few sprigs of rosemary and thyme, leaves chopped
  • 1 small egg or half a large egg, whisked
  • Half an onion, chopped
  • Olive oil (~3 tbsp, separated)
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 150 g of dried spaghetti (I used gluten free)
  • ~750 g of baby plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp of brown sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • A handful of fresh basil
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, optional

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C and place the tomatoes, sugar and garlic into an oven proof dish. Drizzle with olive oil and place in the oven for about 20 minutes, until they look like this:Meatball sauce
  2. Place the tomatoes into a blender with the fresh basil and blitz until smooth (I like mine a little bit chunky). If you’d like to thin it down (i.e. if serving more than 2) then add a little water and blitz again. Be careful as it’ll be very hot. Set aside.
  3. Whilst the sauce is in the oven, make the meatballs; place the mince, onion, herbs and egg into a mixing bowl. Season and stir until well combined.
  4. Scoop up a small tbsp of the mixture and roll it into a ball between your palms and set aside on a plate. I like small meatballs and made 24 but you could make larger ones. Meatballs
  5. Heat a couple of tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high and once hot, cook the meatballs. This will take about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, they should be golden brown.
  6. Whilst the meatballs are cooking, cook your pasta as instructed
  7. Once your pasta is cooked, drain and place back into the saucepan with the sauce, stir over a medium heat until piping hot.
  8. Serve, topped with meatballs and optional Parmesan.
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