After a gourmet break - eating so much fabulous food, it's nice to sit back, relax and eat something which is simple and quick to make. We're off out to see friends for a few hours, and on return, we'll be tucking into something similar to this. Got 10-20 minutes to spare? Why not try this!
Instead of beef, we've decided to use SAUSAGES. We like to use a good quality sausage of course - one where you can really taste the flavours rather than the fat. Our quick and easy method, saves you buying pork mince. But, if you want to do that, try our recipe below, but substitute the beef for pork. If you go for the sausages, why no buy your favourite flavours. Simply remove skins and roll into little balls, then fry gently; that's all we'll be doing later! We're making the easy tomato sauce (see recipe below). I'll be sprinkling mine with lots of parmesan, but cheddar (or whatever you have) will do.
Tomorrow, we're going to be doing something different - harissa chicken with giant couscous, and maybe a pizza for lunch. We'll post the pictures later - here's the recipe for the meatballs:
MEATBALLS & SPAGHETTI
INGREDIENTS - to serve 4
400g minced beef
1 onion - chopped finely
couple of cloves of garlic, crushed
400g tinned chopped tomatoes
chilli - optional if you want it spicy
200g dried spaghetti
Prepare the beef mince as we did for the beef burgers. Simply put the minced beef into a bowl with some chopped onion, salt, pepper and garlic plus ANY other seasonings you fancy e.g. chilli, mustard etc. Knead the beef with your hands until the mixture starts to STICK together. You are probably wondering if you need to use egg to bind the mixture, and the answer is you don't - if you knead the mix enough, you will find it all sticks together nicely without egg. But you may wish to make the beef go further and you can do this by adding some breadcrumbs - and this time you will need to add an EGG to bind it all together.
Fry the meatballs in a frying pan, on a low heat. This will draw out the unnecessary fat, and intensify the flavour of the meat too. When nice and brown, place on a kitchen towel to absorb some of the fat.
SAUCE: Heat oil in a frying pan, add garlic and stir for a minute. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and any other flavourings you feel the need to add. Cook for around 5 minutes. Done.
Cook the spaghetti according to the packet - and assemble. Grate some parmesan if you like - or whatever cheese you prefer.
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