Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spaghetti with Pork & Beef Meatballs

Cold and windy nights are always great tied in with some hearty food! This dish best served with some wine too! Probably not the healthiest dish ever, but it is not as bad as you think it is!

  • Spaghetti or Fettuccine (whatever is in the pantry will do)
  • 5x Fresh Tomatoes
  • 4x Pieces of Sun-dried Tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1x Jar of Pasta Sauce (yes I was lazy, I usually would make it from scratch)
  • 1/2 of Red Wine (some cheap stuff will do)
  • 250 grams of Pork Mince
  • 250 grams of Beef Mince
  • 1x Cup of Bread Crumbs (I used whole grain ones)
  • 2x Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Salami (Anything with good flavour will do)
  • 1/4 Cup of Grate Cheese(s) (I just grated anything I found in the fridge, NFI what they were)
  • 1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  • 1x Tablespoon of Mix Herbs
  • 1x Teaspoon of Parsley (Fresh is better)
  • 1x Teaspoon of Oregano (Fresh is better)
  • 10x Garlic cloves, chopped up finely (Adjust to liking, I like HEAPS!)
  • 1x Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 1x Teaspoon of Chilli Flakes
  • 2x Table spoon of Olive Oil

Combine all the non pasta sauce ingredients, i.e. everything excluding the pasta, pasta sauce, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, wine and save like 5x cloves of chopped garlic for the sauce.

Mix the load with your hands or with a wooden spoon if you fancy. Once ingredients are all mixed thoroughly, roll into gold sized balls. Heat up a decent sized non-stick pan and fried all the meatballs, making sure they do not stick together. There's no need to cook them thoroughly, so remove once brown. Now add in the rest of the garlic, fried with the meatball oil/residue till brown, add in tomatoes, add in wine, pasta sauce and then simmer with the meatballs placed back in. Simmer until thicken to liking, flavour with some pepper and some salt and more herbs.
You guys all know how to cook pasta, no need for instructions :)

Serves: 6?
Time: ~1 hour (rolling up balls are boring)
Cost: $25 (provided you go to a butcher not a supermarket!)

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