A long hard day….

Its been a while since Ive blogged but life is so manic! Its so very busy working for my magazines, but I love it!!! This past week has been espically busy because we have been closing on two issues. I think in two days Ive made over two hundred calls!

Today though, I got back from work and was met with the smell of Italy! My sister had made me meatballs and spaghetti in a tomato sauce.  Classic yet yummy. A quick, comforting dinner that should be accompanied with a glass of red wine. :0)

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g/5oz onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 900g/2lb freshly minced beef
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs,
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 110g/4oz onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150g/5¼oz fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans tomatoes

Preparation Method:

  1. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy stainless steel saucepan over a
    gentle heat and add the onion and garlic. Cover and sweat for four minutes,
    until soft and a little golden. Allow to cool.
  2. In a bowl, mix the minced beef with the cold sweated onion and garlic. Add the
    herbs and the beaten egg. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  3. Fry a tiny bit to check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Divide the
    mixture into approximately 24 round balls. Cover the meatballs and refrigerate
    until required.
  4. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a stainless steel saucepan.
  5. Add the sliced onion and the crushed garlic, toss until coated, cover, and sweat
    on a gentle heat until soft and pale golden.
  6. Slice the canned tomatoes and add, with all the juice, to the onion mixture.
  7. Season the contents with sugar, salt and freshly ground pepper.
  8. Cook the tomatoes uncovered for approximately 30 minutes or until the tomato
    softens (while this is cooking make the meatballs).
  9. Heat a frying pan and cook the meatballs for about 10 minutes in about three
    tablespoons of olive oil.
  10. When cooked add them to your tomato sauce
  11. Serve with spaghetti




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