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Spaghetti & Mini Meatballs

2014-09-19

Recipe Info

  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 2:45 h
  • Ready In : 3:00 h

Everybody loves meatballs – your kids will certainly have a smile on their faces when presented with this classic meal. Plus a mid-week treat!

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs
  • 450g mince
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • a handful of freshly grated parmesan
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • For the tomato sauce
  • Olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
  • bunch of fresh basil
  • 2 x 400g plum tomatoes
  • a dash of red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper

Method

Step 1

To make your meatballs, mix & scrunch together all the meatball ingredients in your hands & shape into marble- sized meatballs. When rolling the meatballs, run your hands under cold water every now & then – it will help to make them dense & hold their shape better. Place them on a tray & put in the fridge while you make the tomato sauce.

Step 2

Heat a pan & add a glug of olive oil to it. Gently fry the garlic & basil, then add the tomatoes & vinegar. Season & gently simmer for 30 mins.

Step 3

Heat a little olive oil in a pan & add the meatballs. Cook until well browned, then add them to the tomato sauce. Continue to simmer for 10-15 mins.

Step 4

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in salted water.

Step 5

When draining your pasta, reserve a little of the cooking water. Toss pasta into the meatball sauce. Add a knob of butter & the Parmesan. Toss around to coat the pasta. Add a little cooking water to loosen the sauce if needed.

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