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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti & meatballs possibly the most well known Italian dish

At the very least it ranks equally with Macaroni Cheese

I suppose a great many people when they think of Pasta and Italy one of the main dishes that comes to mind is Spaghetti and meatballs in a thick rich tomato sauce.

This recipe with it's luscious sauce will only serve to strengthen that habit.

Delicious spaghetti with meatballs
Delicious Spaghetti with Meatballs

Ingredients for the Rich Tomato Sauce

1 large onion – finely chopped
olive oil
2 x 400g (14oz) cans crushed tomatoes
300g (10½oz) concentrated tomato paste
1½ cups water
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon died oregano leaves
1 teaspoon beef stock powder (1 cube)
1 tablespoon sugar

Ingredients for the Meatballs

500g (1lb) minced beef
125g (4oz) minced pork
¾ cup dry breadcrumbs
4 eggs – beaten
2 cloves garlic – minced
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

You will also obviously need spaghetti so cook 500g or 1lb of spaghetti in the normal way (cook the spaghetti after making the sauce and meatballs)

To make the Sauce

In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until tender.

Add tomato purée, tomato paste, water, parmesan cheese, oregano, stock powder and sugar.

Simmer, uncovered, for 1-1½ hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

To Make the Meatballs:

Combine beef, pork and breadcrumbs in a large bowl.

Add the eggs, garlic, parmesan cheese and oregano;

Mix well and shape into 1” (2cm) balls.

In a little olive oil, brown the meatballs evenly in a frypan

Then add to sauce and simmer for a further 1 hour on low heat.

NOW, you can cook the spaghetti and serve covered with the sauce and meatballs sprinkled with some parmesian cheese

All that's left is for you to Enjoy your Spaghetti and Meatballs!!!

Recipe updated 25/2/2012, added picture



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