Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Meatballs and spaghetti

The best type of meatballs are those which are tender and melt in your mouth, packed with full of flavour. The ingredients used to make such meatballs are not your standard ingredients, I have added what I think would make a delicious meatball. Hope you enjoy making this..and more importantly, I hope you enjoy eating it!

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 6ish people
  • Time needed: 1 hour
What you will need:

For the meatballs

1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
700g minced meat
1 egg
1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp bbq sauce
1 tbsp yellow mustard

For the spaghetti

400g spaghetti
boiling water
1 tsp salt
splash of olive oil

For the tomato sauce

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 x 400g cans of chopped tomato
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp oregano

How to make:

1) Mix all the ingredients under 'for the meatballs' in a bowl using your hands, to ensure all is well combined. Make balls out of the meat, as small or big as you like

2) In a saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil, then add the meatballs, cooking on each side until browned. Remove the cooked meatballs into a plate and set aside

3) In the meatime, place the ingredients under 'for the spaghetti' in a pot, cover and leave for 10 minutes until cooked. Drain and leave in colander until ready to be used (do not rinse the spaghetti with water, this gets rid of all the flavour)

4) Using the same saucepan that you cooked your meatballs in, add the olive oil. Once heated, add the onions and garlic, and mix until cooked

5) Add the chopped tomato, vinegar, salt, sugar, pepper, cinnamon and oregano, and mix in well together, leaving for a few minutes for the sauce to begin to boil

6) Add the meatballs to the sauce, mixing in well, then add the spaghetti. Mix well to incorporate, then plate up!

The meatballs cooking away

Delicious mashAllah! The meatballs were full of flavour, and actually melted in your mouth. Whilst the tomato sauce was nice and tangy, yet delicious. A definite yummy yum yum! Enjoy :)