Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce & Pasta

For the Meatballs

500g Minced beef
3 Finely chopped spring onions
Handful finely chopped parsley
1 Slice bread, crumbed
1 Egg
Salt & Pepper

Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients and the divide up and roll into balls, make approx 18. Set aside on a flour dusted board.

For the Sauce

500g Passata
1 Onion, chopped
Would have put a clove of chopped garlic in, but shock of shocks I had none!
The remaining 1/3rd jar of roasted peppers, left over from yesterday
4 tsp sugar
Just for the sheer hell of it, I also used a handful of chopped mushrooms.
1 tsp or to taste dried Oregano/Marjoram

In a little oil, fry the onion and garlic until soft, then add the passata and mushrooms, peppers, herbs and seasoning, check the taste of the sauce and add sugar to suit to help take away the sharpness of the tomatoes. Let it bubble away, whilst you shallow fry the meatballs in oil and wait for the water to boil for the pasta of choice - spaghetti in my case. Frying the meatballs will take around 15-20mins. Serve meatballs on a bed of pasta, spoon sauce over them, top with grated Parmesan.
A simple dish that would serve four, if only we were not such greedy gits and scoffed the lot - should have frozen the remainder instead of going back for seconds, but they were rather scrummy. *smacks hand at lack of will power*.

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