One of my favourite meals of all time has to be meatballs with pasta. Now I know that meatballs should really be served with a lovely pure tomato sauce only, and I would have it that way as well but there is something about the meatballs being nestled in a bowl of pasta that makes me very happy. Folding the sauce through and adding lashings of the best parmigiano that you can get makes for a wonderful homey meal for you and yours.
There are three components to this recipe so here goes!
8oz soft breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
1 pound minced beef
1/2 pound minced pork
Handful of finely chopped flat leaf parsley
2 eggs lightly beaten
6oz grated parmesan cheese. (please use the real thing as the stuff that comes in those plastic bottles is terrible!)
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
Salt and pepper
Flour for dusting
Vegetable oil for frying
First things first. In a large bowl soften the breadcrumbs by adding the milk.
Add the next 7 ingredients and with your hand knead together until everything is thoroughly combined. Pinch off each piece the size of a golf ball and shape into a round.
Have a large platter ready with the flour spread on it and lightly dust the meatballs with it. Heat the oil in a large pan until quite hot. Add the meatballs, do not overcrowd as this will bring the temperature down and you will get a soggy meatball. Make sure they are browned all over and gently place into the tomato sauce. On a low heat let the meatballs simmer away until they are cooked through.
4-5 tbsp olive oil
2 cans of puréed tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 tsp tomato paste
Salt and pepper
Into a saucepan pour the oil. While oil is still cool add the minced garlic along with the tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes or until reduced to a thicker consistency. Season.
Once the meatballs are cooked through put a large pot of water on high heat to boil. Remember to add salt to the water. When you have a rolling boil add the pasta of your choice and cook until al dente.
Assemble the pasta with a ladle of the meatballs and sauce into bowl and grate in as little or as much cheese as you like. Enjoy!