Spaghetti Meatballs


Pasta pan or large sauce pan and a frying pan

Ingredients Serves 2:

For the Meatballs:
1.  450g minced beef
2.  ½ tsp. salt
3.  ½ tsp. ground black pepper
4.  ½ tsp. chili flakes
5.  ½ tsp. dried oregano
6.  ½ tsp. dried parsley
7.  2 tbsp. olive oil (for frying)

For the Sauce:
8.  2 tbsp. olive oil
9.  1 tbsp. butter
10. 1 garlic clove, crushed or grated
11. 1 onion, finely chopped
12. 150g chesnut mushroom, finely chopped  
13. 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
14. 1 tbsp. tomato paste
15. 200g of small fresh vine tomatoes, finely chopped
16. 100 ml. good quality full bodied red wine
17. 300ml beef stock
18. ¼ tsp. chili flakes
19. ½ tsp. sugar
20. ½ tsp. salt
21. ½ tsp. ground black pepper


For the Pasta:
22. 1.5 ltr. Boiling water
23. Pinch of salt
24. 1 tsp. olive oil
25. 150g spaghetti (preferably fresh pasta)

For Garnish:
26. A handful of basil leaves

For the Meatballs:
1.  In a bowl, mix all the ‘meatballs’ ingredients listed above until well combined. Make small little balls from this mixture of a approx. ½ inch in size.
2.  Place your frying pan over high heat, add the oil and when it is smoking hot add the meatballs.
3.  Cook the meatballs for 3 minutes on all sides stirring gently to prevent the balls from falling apart. Once cooked, remove and set aside on a plate.

For the Sauce:
4.  Using the same pan to cook the meatballs, add 2 tbsp. of olive oil and butter. When smoking hot, add garlic, onion, chestnut mushroom and celery. Cook for 2 minutes.
5.  Next add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, wine, beef stock, allow it to boil.
6.  Once it starts to boil add the meatballs back into the pan, lower the heat, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 25 minutes.
7.  Season with chilli flakes, sugar, salt and pepper.
For the Pasta:
8.  Bring salted water with oil to a boil. Once it is boiling add your pasta and cook until aldente. If using dried pasta follow the packet instructions as cooking time varies.
9.  Drain cook pasta, add into the sauce and coat evenly with the sauce. Sprinkle over some torn basil leaves.
Serve Immediately.

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