Spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce
Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 1 hour Serves 4
400g spaghetti Olive oil, for shallow frying Parmesan cheese, grated Basil sprigs, to garnish FOR THE SAUCE 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 800g canned tomatoes Bunch of parsley, chopped Bunch of basil, chopped FOR THE MEATBALLS, MIX TOGETHER 400g minced beef 4 tbsp finely chopped basil 1 egg 3 tbsp breadcrumbs
1 To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 mins. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add canned tomatoes and stir together, breaking the tomatoes during the process. Add herbs, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.
2 Meanwhile, season meatball mixture with salt and pepper and shape into lime-size balls. Warm olive oil in a pan over high heat, add meatballs and brown on all sides. About 2-3 mins.
3 Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Add meatballs to the sauce and stir gently. Cover and cook over a low heat for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4 Boil the spaghetti in salted water until al dente. To serve, place a thin layer of sauce on a plate, place a portion of spaghetti over and spoon meatballs with sauce on top. Garnish with Parmesan and basil and serve.