Spaghetti and Meatballs with Mini Garlic Bites | Pika Chakula

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Mini Garlic Bites

2013-05-20

Homely and tasty, spaghetti and meatballs is a classic dish. This dish will impress all the family – kids will adore its delicious simplicity, while adults will appreciate the understated gourmet touches

Ingredients:

Meatballs

  • 250g of pork mince
  • 400g of minced beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 pinch of dried oregano
  • 40g of Parmesan, grated
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of pepper

Tomato sauce

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 drop of red wine vinegar
  • 800g of tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 5g of Parmesan
  • 1 pinch of sugar
  • 1 pinch of pepper

Mini garlic bites

  • 1/2 sourdough bread, or other fresh bread
  • 20g of unsalted butter
  • 15ml of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 40g of Parmesan
  • 1 pinch of pepper

Spaghetti

  • 500g of spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower oil

Method:

For the meatballs, roughly blend or roughly chop the onion and red pepper
Add the pork mince and beef mince to a large bowl and combine with the rest of the ingredients and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, mix well
Shape into meatballs, approximately 40g each. Set aside on a cling film covered tray in the fridge until required
For the sauce, add olive oil to a pan over a low-medium heat. Gently sweat the shallots, courgette and garlic
Add the red wine vinegar, chopped tomatoes and a pinch of sugar
Cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Add the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Set aside
Cook the spaghetti in lightly salted boiling water for 8-9 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and toss in a very small amount of sunflower oil to stop it from sticking together
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Mix the butter, olive oil, garlic, parsley and black pepper together in a bowl
Rip the sourdough bread into small bite-sized chunks
Use your hands to coat all the chunks of bread in the garlic butter mix
Place the chunks on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 8 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and the butter is bubbling. Sprinkle with Parmesan once cooked
Fry the meatballs in a little olive oil until golden brown. Transfer to an oven set to 200°C/gas mark 6 and cook for 8 minutes
Reheat the tomato sauce in a pan and fold through the spaghetti
Spoon the spaghetti into bowls and add the meatballs and garlic bites. Serve immediately

 

 

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