Spaghetti Meatballs

Spaghetti Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Recipe by GeeDeeCourse: Main CourseCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium


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Tasty Meatballs in an authentic Italian tomato sauce (Pomodoro)


  • For the Pomodoro Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra-virgin

  • 1 onion finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic crushed/minced

  • 2 14 oz cans passata (crushed tomatoes)

  • Handful fresh basil finely chopped

  • 1 pinch salt to taste

  • For the Meatballs
  • 500 g Beef and Pork Mincemeat (Mixture)

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 egg

  • 100 g Fresh Breadcrumbs

  • 1 Handful of chopped parsley

  • 3 cloves Garlic finely chopped

  • 3 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • 1 tsp Dried Italian Herbs optional

  • For the Spaghetti
  • 400 g Good quality Spaghetti or enough for 4 people

  • To serve
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • A few Basil leaves roughly chopped


  • To Make the Sauce
  • Heat oil in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Add onion and sweat of until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes, stir in the crushed garlic and let it cook out for 2/3 minutes
  • Add passata, chopped basil, and salt to taste
  • Cover and simmer over medium heat, for about 20/30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomato sauce has reduced and thickened,
  • While the sauce is cooking, Heat the oven to 425°F
  • Make the Meatballs
  • Place all the Meatball Ingredients into a largish bowl and with nice clean hands mix everything together so that all the ingredients are well combined
  • Wash your hands but keep a bowl of water beside you
  • With wet hands roll the meatball mix into small golf ball size rounds and place them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment
  • You should get about 20/24 meatballs from the mixture,
  • Place the tray in the preheated oven for about 17/18 minutes
  • Once cooked lay them out onto kitchen roll to dab away any excess fat
  • Place the meatballs into the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • To cook the Spaghetti
  • Place a large pan of salted water over a high heat
  • When the water is boiling, turn the heat down and place the spaghetti in the pan by twisting it and letting go
  • Bring the water back to a gentle simmer and cook the spaghetti out for around 7-8 minutes until al dente (a slight crunch in the center). Taste test the spaghetti after 7 minutes
  • Drain the spaghetti into a colander and flash under cold water
  • Putting the dish altogether
  • Put the drained spaghetti in with the sauce and meatballs and gently mix around with kitchen tongs, so the spaghetti is well coated with sauce. Let the spaghetti mingle with the sauce for a minute or two before serving
  • Serve onto dishes (about 5 meatballs per portion) with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and chopped basil
  • Enjoy

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