I have not done a recipe post for a while, so I thought it was about time to share one! It’s difficult to find the time most evenings to take the photographs; these were taken a few weeks ago. As I said to the hubby the other day I love cooking and I have come to the conclusion that it is how I show love – one of my love languages if you like!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
This is the recipe for my Spaghetti and Meatballs – Italian style! I hope you like it.
Ingredients for the Tomato Sauce
This recipe is very much to my taste which you can adapt if you like.
- One large tin plum tomatoes in their juice (or 2 smaller tins)
- 15ml Tomato paste
- 2 -3 Garlic cloves(Crushed or finely chopped)
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh or dried oregano (If fresh then chop finely)
- 1 tsp. Chilli paste or one small chilli (chopped finely)
- 1 tsp. Sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A splash of balsamic vinegar
In a large saucepan heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add to this your garlic, chilli and spices sauté on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Then add the tin of whole tomatoes to the pan and cook at a gentle temperature for 10 minutes. You can begin to break up the tomatoes now, then add the sugar, tomato paste, salt & pepper, balsamic vinegar and stir. Continue simmering for a further 10-15 minutes while you prepare your meatballs.
- 1kg Lean Minced Beef ( you can use a combination of beef and lamb if you like)
- 1 Small Onion (finely chopped)
- 1 tsp. Oregano
- 1tsp. Coriander seeds
- 1tsp.Freeze dried basil
- ½ Cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
While the meatballs are cooking, bring a large pot of water to the boil and add your dry spaghetti. Cook the pasta for the advised time on the packaging, once cooked drain, drizzle with olive oil and set aside.
Once the meatballs are browned remove from the oven and add to your delicious tomato sauce that you have been simmering. Allow everything to cook for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Before serving make sure to taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
Serve the meatballs on a bed of the pasta you cooked earlier, with grated parmesan cheese and crusty bread to soak up the unctuous sauce.