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Meatballs with Italian Tomato Sauce and Pasta

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This is a  simple recipe which can be created quite quickly. Everyone has their favourite meatball recipe – as usual I got my inspiration from a couple of Jamie Oliver recipes.

Meatballs

Ingredients

500 gms good quality minced beef

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 large free range egg

2 tbls fresh breadcrumbs

Dash of Worcestershire sauce and/or a dash of HP  brown sauce

1/2 tsp sambal oolek

A few sprigs of rosemary or  thyme

Sea salt and black pepper

1 tbl olive oil

Method

Mix all the ingredients with the exception of the olive oil in a large bowl, making sure you break up all the lumps! If the mixture is too wet, add a few more breadcrumbs.The mixture should be firm enough to handle.

Roll the mixture into small balls – I like golf ball size meatballs, but you could go a little bigger if you wanted.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook  the meatballs for 8–10 minutes until brown. You can test that they’re cooked by opening one up – there should be no sign of pink. Remove from pan and set aside while you make the sauce.

Italian Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1 tbl olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

A couple of tbs tomato paste or to taste

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 glass red wine

Pinch of sugar

Sea salt and black pepper

Method

Using the frying pan from the meatballs, heat the olive oil and fry the garlic for a minute. Add the tinned tomatoes, breaking them up gently to help them reduce into a sauce. Add all the other ingredients, stirring gently.  Simmer for 20 minutes.

Pasta, Cheese and Basil

Ingredients

400 gms pappardelle

Shaved parmesan cheese

A few basil leaves

Method

Cook pasta according to packet  instructions.

Putting it Together

Add the cooked meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.

Drain the cooked pasta, reserving a tablespoon of cooking liquid to add to the tomato sauce.

Spoon the tomato sauce and meatballs over the pasta, and serve with shaved Parmesan and basil leaves.

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