Monday, May 18, 2009

Friday - Meatballs

I love, love, love meatballs! On Friday I felt like trying something different so along with the beef mince, egg and breadcrumbs (which I realised the next morning turned out to be bran… not recommended) I added some shredded Parmesan, Tasty and a few generous teaspoons of Ricotta. With a few extra herbs it made for a nice smooooth mix.

The best thing though about meatballs is how easy it is to adjust to your liking. The sauce is as simple as opening a jar of your favourite pasta sauce and adding just a couple of extras.

Give it a go one night when you are in the mood for spag bol but up are for something different!

300g Beef mince (beef or lamb is best for this tomato based sauce, chicken mince is a better option for a creamy sauce)
¼ packet or 1/5 cup fresh breadcrumbs
¼ cup tasty cheese
¼ parmesan cheese
2 good-sized teaspoon of ricotta
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp BBQ sauce
1 onions roughly chopped
Tiny splash of soy sauce
2 tsp Italian herbs

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce. We use a red wine and garlic variety.
1 tsp Italian herbs

Enough cooked pasta for 4 (enough to have the next day!)

Sprinkle of parsley to garnish

Mix all meatball ingredients until mixture is smooth.
Roll into small balls and in a hot saucepan sear the meatballs (you may need to do this in one or two batches depending on your saucepan)
When all are cooked on the outside add in pasta sauce, and Italian herbs
Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally so that the mix does not catch on saucepan

After about 30 mins add in cooked pasta and simmer for 10 mins.

Serve with some Parmesan and parsley


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