Sunday, 22 July 2012

"I want to win a week in one of your Tuscany villas!"

Meatballs in tomato sauce serve on a plate of pasta and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese has to  be my favourite Italian food. I love this dish because it remins me of my lovely holiday in Tascany a few years ago.

Spicy Italian Meatballs

For the meatballs:

· 1 onion, finely chopped
· 300 g lean minced beef
· 50 g fresh breadcrumbs
11 tablespoo greated Parmesan cheese
· 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
· ½ tsp ground cumin
· 1 egg, beaten
· oil, for frying
For the sauce:
· 1 red chilli (chopped)
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· 1 onion, finely chopped
· 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
· 175 ml beef stock
· 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
· 1 tbsp. tomato puree
· 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
· 1 tablespoon chopped chives
· Sprigs of basil

Mix the onion, beef in a mixing bowl. Add the breadcrumbs,Parmesan cheese, oregano, cumin and ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper and mix well.

Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Roll the mixture into small balls.

Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the meatballs and fry for 5 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned. Set aside.

Finely chop the chilli. Heat the oil in a pan. Fry onion, chill and red pepper and garlic. Add in stock, tomatoes, tomato puree, and salt and pepper .Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes to heat through.

Serve with pasta:Sprinkle with grated Parmersan cheese, chopped chives and sprigs of basil.

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