Spaghetti and meatballs. Mozzarella cheese. Tasty tomato sauce. Need I say any more? I love spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, all those tasty tomato-cheese-pasta dishes. Meatballs however, are not something I often make. So when I stumbled on this recipe, from Annabel Langbein, I had to stop and wonder why not? I mean heck - this is a little parcel of meat-patty-style goodness, stuffed with melty, stretchy mozzarella!
We made ours with pork mince, and they were amazing. So tasty, so quick to throw together, and everyone loved them, from Miss 3 through to all the adults. I'm going to make them again tonight, this time trying lamb mince. Can't wait!
400 g mince
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 - 1 cup freshly grated parmasan (I used a cup because I grate my parmasan using a microplane, which makes it really fluffy. If you were using a normal grated, half a cup would probably be enough)
2 tsp dried oregano (makes it taste like pizza!!!!)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tsp salt
ground black pepper, to taste
70 g mozzarella, cut into wee cubes (I actually used pre-grated mozzarella, and just grabbed small amounts and had KB roll them into little balls)
1 tin tomatoes
1 tin pasta sauce (or you can use 2 tins of tomatoes and a good squirt of tomato paste)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp chipotle sauce (optional - maybe a dash of BBQ sauce if you don't like any spice)
spaghetti and extra parmasan, to serve
- Mix together all the meatball ingredients in a bowl (except the mozzarella). Set aside until you're ready to cook the meatballs (I made this a day early then left it in the fridge).
- Once ready to cook, preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius.
- Mix sauce ingredients together in ovenproof dish (large enough for the meatballs).
- Form about 20 golf-sized meatballs from meat. Flatten ball in your palm, push mozzarella in centre, and reform the ball around the cheese. Place in sauce.
- Mix the sauce around and over the balls a bit, pop into the oven.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked.
- Serve with spaghetti and extra parmasan cheese. Buon appetito!!