Comforting Spaghetti & meatballs

I LOVE this dish I think it has to be one of my favourites. My Mum used to make this for us, usually on a Sunday, so it’s a really homely, whole hearted dish for me because it reminds me of her. She usually mixes beef and pork mince together but for this recipe I’ve just used pork.

Mood: family time – perfect sharing dish, when the family come round for dinner and a catch up

INGREDIENTS

For the meatballs


1 red onion
1 pack of 500g pork mince
1 small apple (finely chopped or slightly blended)
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper

For the sauce

50g Parmesan
1 white onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 roasted red pepper
1 carton 400g carton of passatta
Handful of fresh parsley
Small glass of red wine

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees

2. Wash your pepper, season with a little oil, salt, pepper and put into preheated oven for 15/20 minutes, you can also use a grill to do this. If you’re grilling you want the pepper to be charred all over and soft so you can then chop it up.

3. Put the pork mince into a bowl and add the apple, garlic powder, onion powder, red onion, oregano, chilli flakes, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt, pepper and need with hands until well combined.

4. Form into small balls and place on to a plate, the size depends on your personal preference, I managed to get around 19 balls out of 1 pack of mince. Cover the plate of meatballs with cling film and put in the fridge for 10 mins

5. Once chilled bring out of the fridge, add to a pan of oil to brown, slightly turning as you go, once browned remove from the pan. You only want to brown, not fully cook at this point.

6. Add chopped white onion and garlic to the same pan, cook until onions are translucent, then add the wine. Simmer to a bubble for 5 minutes before adding the passatta, salt, pepper, chopped fresh parsley and the chopped roasted red pepper. Leave to cook on a medium heat for 10 minutes.

7. Add the meatballs back to the pan, cover with a lid and cook until meatballs are cooked through.

8. Meanwhile cook spaghetti to packet instructions, serve meatballs on top of the spaghetti with a sprinkling (or a mountain in my case) of Parmesan.

-Enjoy! Tasha x

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