Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Spaghetti With Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

This is any child's favourite dish. You can't go wrong with spaghetti and all kids love meatballs. The hardest part of this dish is probably making the meatballs. But all in all its a fairly easy dish to make and you can make the meatballs in advance and keep. Just make the sauce and spaghetti when you are ready to eat. I apologise for not putting up a picture of the final dish. It went down too fast and before I realised it, the dish was finished. Yummy in our tummies..

spaghetti with meatballs
Meatballs in tomato sauce

Ingredients for meatballs:
500gms beef mince
1 onion chopped fine
fresh parsley chopped fine
3 tbsps or so of grated parmesan cheese
2-3 tbsps of breadcrumbs
1 egg
salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper powder

Mix all the ingredients together and form into small balls. Shallow fry in a pan with oil, till nicely browned. One tip to remember, since you are cooking with raw meat, do not fry it on a very high fire as the inside wont cook and the outside will brown quickly. Keep the heat on a medium flame tossing it around constantly so that all sides of the meatball get a nice chance to get browned.

Ingredients for the tomato sauce:
1-2 large tomatoes chopped fine
1 small packed of tomato puree
3-4 cloves of garlic chopped fine
1 cube (or salt)
1 small onion chopped fine.
1/2 tsp of sugar

In a casserole, heat olive oil. I use olive oil for this as it helps create the sauce as well. Add in the garlic, onion and the tomatoes. (if you have the time, you can skin the tomatoes for a better sauce. You need to make a cross at the base of the tomato and blanch it in hot boiling water for 5 mins then peel off the skin).  Add in the tomato puree and the cube. Add in the sugar. Another tip of mine is to always add a pinch of sugar when making any tomato sauce. It balances out the tartness of the tomato. If you want the sauce more smoother or thinner then you can omit the onion. At this point you can throw in some basil leaves as well. Most kids dont like them, so I tend to omit adding it at this point and use it just as a garnish or sometimes I serve the children first and then add it to the sauce for the adults.

Make your spaghetti as per the instructions given on the packet. Now you can either get a big dish and toss the spaghetti, meatballs and sauce altogether (as the italians would do) or you can serve the spaghetti in the serving bowls, add in the meatballs and then pour the sauce over it.

Garnish with some fresh basil leaves and parmesan cheese.