Spaghetti and Meatballs – Refreshingly different!

Spaghetti and Meatballs, what a classic. I bet many households have it on their menus at least once a week, maybe once a fortnight, yet still it is a favorite amongst young and old.
Many years ago, while teaching, I often asked the children what their favorite meals were, just to get an indication of what the kids eat at home…..
Without fail, year after year, Spaghetti and Meatballs came out tops as the food children love most. The people near and dear to my heart know me well enough to know that I do not like monotony and making the same meal twice without tweaking it the second time, is unheard of in my kitchen

My recipe for meatballs are pretty basic and have been the same for years, but sometimes I add Red wine and Onions , sometimes Banana and Onion, and sometimes I add pesto and boy, oh boy that tastes goood!

Spaghetti and meatballs

1 kg ground beef – topside if possible
1 large onion – grated
4 slices of brown bread – not seed loaf
1 tbsp Worcester Sauce
2 tsp salt
125ml chopped parsley
1/2 tsp chopped rosemary

Soak bread in water for about 2 minutes. Squeeze the bread to remove all the water and add, with all other ingredients to the ground beef. Mix with the hands, but do not over-mix. Make small meatballs and brown them in a skillet with some olive oil. Keep aside

Tomato sauce

2 x 410gr chopped tomatoes
1 small tin tomato paste
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic – crushed
1-2 cups of water
salt and pepper to taste
zest and juice of a lemon
sugar – we like the sauce to be a little sweet.
125 ml chopped parsley
a couple of teaspoons Basil Pesto

Pre-heat to 180C.Heat oil in a big pot, add onion and garlic and fry until slightly browned. Add all the other ingredients except the parsley. Cook the sauce for 10 minutes. Pour the sauce over the meatballs in a oven-proof dish and dot some basil pesto everywhere in the tomato sauce.Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Serve on hot buttered noodles or spaghetti.

On 29 October, I will be cooking up a storm at the Huisgenoot Namakwa Festival in Vredendal. If you are close by, do pop in or if you want to escape the city life for one weekend, plan a trip to Vredendal. I would love to see you there.