Thursday, October 3, 2013

Spaghetti and Meatballs

In our family, we love love love pasta! Maybe some shapes more than others - I personally prefer spaghetti and tagliatelle over penne and macaroni (don't ask why, I don't even know LOL). You can be sure that there's a pack or 2 of pasta in my food shelf at all times. I like to get packs of 250 grams when I serve it as a side dish to my main dish and I get 500 grams when the pasta becomes my main dish. But as much as I love preparing pasta, it's not too often that I make red tomato sauce with it. Since SO was a baby, she was always hesitant to eat red-colored food. I have no idea what could have caused this, but I am told that this is just a phase. By the way this also includes chocolates and candies in red such as M&M's and Skittles. Anyways, Dad has been dropping hints about Spaghetti and Meatballs for a while now and I thought I'd make him happy. Dad has been feeling under the weather lately and truthfully, we're starting to get a lil worried. He had a big smile when he saw what I was putting down the table. Then again, he's the one who taught to make meatballs and they are deliciously moist!

In a bowl, put 500 grams of beef, fresh chopped parsley, peeled diced garlic, a handful of breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of milk, salt, and black pepper.

Your best friends in cooking are your hands. There's nothing like clean hands to really mix everything together and make round meatballs.

Form your meatballs.
Heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs and fry on all sides until the meat browns.
Remove from pan and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat some olive oil. Add a diced white onion and 3 diced garlic. Saute until fragrant.

I then added a can of tomato coulis / sauce. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add the meatballs and continue to simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
Add in some chopped basil. Season with salt and black pepper, if needed.

In the meantime, cook the spaghetti al dente. Drain.
Transfer on individual plates and top with the sauce and meatballs. Add some grated cheese, if desired.
Serve hot and enjoy!

Lunch is served: Spaghetti and Meatballs


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