Italian meatballs with pasta
This recipe needs advance preparation!
Basil is just the best!
4.7/5 The meatballs are great, but the finishing touch is the fresh basil. The Judge
This has to be a cheat because it's so simple to make.
- 500g (18 oz) lean minced beef
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano - see variations
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 Cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
- zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
- 15 g (1/2 oz) fresh breadcrumbs
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of grated nutmeg
- 1 egg, beaten
- 520 g Buttered spaghetti or buttered egg noodles
- 30 g Parmesan cheese - shaved with a speed peeler or freshly grated
- In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients with clean hands until nicely combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours if possible for the flavours to mix.
- Divide the mixture into about 20 balls, roughly the size of a golf ball.
- Gently shallow fry in a little olive oil until browned on the outside and cooked to your liking. About 5 to 7 minutes, turning regularly - scrape from the pan with a spatula to prevent them breaking up.
Serve on a pile of buttered pasta or egg noodles and one of these tomato sauces
Garnish with shavings of Parmesan cheese.
Try an Alfredo sauce instead of a tomato based sauce.
I forgot to buy the lemon for this recipe, so used slightly less than a quarter of the rind (flesh discarded) from one of my preserved lemons, finely chopped.
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