Monday, March 18, 2013

Pasta and meatballs

With Sphagettini

Pasta and meatballs is comfort food to me in its entirety, its easy food that everyone loves, especially when it is made correctly.
Meat balls can be made with ground beef, chicken, turkey or even pork and will still turn out amazing and juicy with the right recipe of course... and being the darling that i am, i am going to give you the easiest and most delicious meatball recipe you ever tasted.

Meatballs (serves 2)
120g of ground meat( beef, chicken, go for lean chicken or turkey for a healthier option)
2 tbsp of italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/8 cup of milk( you can use skimmed milk for a healthier option)
1 tsp of salt
1tbsp of Olive oil
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
A dash of sriracha sauce if you like a little kick you can use any hot sauce or ground dry chili)
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat broiler in oven
  1. Add the milk and breadcrumbs together, stir until all lumps are dissolved
  2. Make a whole in the center of the ground meat and add in the breadcrumb mixture, salt, oil, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and hot sauce.
  3. Mix together with your hands, and then form small balls into the ridge of the palm of your hands
  4. Place of a baking sheet sprayed with oil or lined with Parchment paper
    Broil in the oven for 8 minutes or until lightly browned on all sides, turn halfway.
Pasta Sauce
1 Crushed/Blended Tomatoes
1/2 cup of Dry White wine
1/2 cup of Chicken/Beef Stock
1/2 small onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp of Olive oil
Stock cubes
  1. In a pot over medium heat sautee onions and garlic until they become translucent and just starting to turn lightly brown
  2. Deglaze the pot with the white wine and let the alcohol burn off for about 2 minutes, add in the tomatoes and stock and let it simmer for about 10 minutes
  3. Season with salt, chili and stock cubes, and taste accordingly to adjust seasoning
  4. Leave on low heat to simmer while you boil the pasta
  • Cook pasta according to instructions on packet until al-dente(firm to the bite) 

Add browned meatballs into sauce and leave to simmer on medium to low heat for a few minutes
Then add in precooked Pasta and 2 table spoon of pasta water and stir until the sauce coats every strand of pasta, taste for seasoning and add a little salt if its lacking.
Garnish with Parmesan cheese and dried basil leaves

Serve Hot! and Enjoy!
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