What’s Cooking….Spaghetti and Meatballs

Its a rustic old classic, but frankly, never disappointing. I usually double this amount to be sure of having some leftover. It’s even better the next day.

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This is how I do  it

Ingredients for the meatballs

500g (beef, pork and veal or pork)
1 Large finely chopped brown onion
1 large free range egg
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 small bunch of finely chopped parsley
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
Mix all ingredients well together. If you have time, cover, refrigerate and allow to marinade for an hour or even overnight.

Ingredients for the sauce

1 bottle tomato passata
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cloves of garlic
freshly ground black pepper salt to taste

10 fresh basil leaves 500g packet spagetti

parmesan cheese to serve

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Prepare a large frypan on low to medium heat, with a bit of olive oil. With clean wet hands, rolls into balls about the size of a small handful. Not too big. Add each one to the pan until the pan is full. Keep cooking until they are nicely browned and turn. Brown again. This may take a while. Approximately 20-30 mins. When the meatballs get to sort of a catching stage on both sides (but not burned) so that there is some brown caramelisation in the pan, then add 1 bottle of tomato passata. Allow the sauce to come to a gentle simmer. Move the meatballs around gently in the sauce, to release them and the caramelly bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow to reduce for a while.

Add a couple of teaspoons of sugar, and salt to taste. Just before serving add the finely chopped garlic and fresh basil leaves. Stir in. If you like some chilli, you can add it now too.

Bring a large saucepan of water to rolling boil. add spaghetti. Cook till al dente. Drain.
Serve spaghetti in pasta bowls, top with meatballs and sauce, sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Serve. I promise you’ll come back for this dish again and again!

3 thoughts on “What’s Cooking….Spaghetti and Meatballs”

  1. Loved this recipe – it’s like the real Italian deal Sue. I made it with pork and veal mince last night. We had Italian neighbours when I was a child and it’s the first recipe that brings back the aromas from then. I’m sure they used lots of fresh herbs too – the basil is a real winner in the sauce.

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