Friday, 21 October 2011

What's For Dinner? - Meatballs

For todays dinner we have Meatballs in a chili and tomato sauce with wholewheat pasta. This sauce recipe isgreat you can make a large batch of this and freeze it, so you wouldn't have to make it the next time. It can be a bit spicy with the chili but don't worry you can change it to a plain tomatoe sauce if you want. This serves 4
500g Good Quality Minced Beef
60g Mozarella Cheese
Salt and Papper
1/4 Of a Green Pepper Finely Chopped
1 Egg
1 Tin of Tomatoes
1 Tin of Tomatoes and Chili
Handful of Basil Leaves
Pinch of Sugar
Salt and Pepper
  1. Make the sauce first and let the flavours come together, heat a small saucepan and add the salt pepper and sugar and the basil leaves when they start to sizzle add the tin of tomatoes and allow to reduce, check the seasoning and leave to one side.
  2. For the meat balls make bite size pieces and roll in flour this hepls to keep them together on the pan.
  3. I like to cook mine in the oven at gas mark 6/200 degrees for about 40 minutes which means you don't have to watch them on the pan, when they are almost cooked about 30 minutes I add the sauce and I allow it to reduce for the final 10 minutes. When you have added your sauce you could cook your pasta that way everything s ready at the same time.

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