Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Spaghetti and meatballs is a meal that gets everyone around the table in a hurry.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g (14oz) tins of chopped plum tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 bottle (680grams) passata or tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 150 mls red wine (about 5fl oz)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 250 grams (1/2 pound) beef mince (ground beef)
  • 250 grams (1/2 pound) pork mince (ground pork)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or minced
  • 50 grams (1/2 cup) dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup finely grated fresh parmesan cheese (not out of a can)
  • 500 grams (16 oz) dried spaghetti
  1. In a large sauce pot, add the olive oil, onion and garlic and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. You don't want to burn the garlic or brown the onions.
  2. Add the red wine and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and passata/puree and mix well.
  4. Add sugar, dried basil, Tabasco sauce and salt and stir to combine.
  5. Simmer on low heat for 1½ hours then add the meatballs and continue to simmer for another hour.
  6. This is more sauce than you'll need but I make this much and freeze what I don't use.
  1. Preheat oven 200C/400F
  2. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix with bare hands for best results
  3. Wet hands and shape meatballs about the size of a golf ball and place on a baking sheet that's been covered with tin foil and sprayed with cooking oil.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes until the meatballs are nicely browned (they will continue to cook in the sauce)
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, add the dried spaghetti and cook for 13 minutes until al dente. Drain.
  2. Serve spaghetti with sauce and top with meatballs and shaved Parmesan cheese on top.
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