Food

SPAGHETTI WITH PESTO MEATBALLS

Date: 13 Oct 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Pastas Comments

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Comfort food at its best!  This dish always reminds me of the song when we were kids which went something like … ‘On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese, there sat my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed …’

The norm is to serve the meatballs with boiled spaghetti but this time I decided to pop the plates into the oven for a few minutes, so the lovely cheese will melt! Also, I did not have any fresh basil at hand, so I used pesto which actually gave them an interesting and lovely taste! Recipe amounts below, make two/three generous portions.

Ingredients for Meatballs

  • 450g minced beef
  • 1/2 cup of gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp heaped, freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp commercially prepared basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pinch of Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp mixed spice

Ingredients for the Sauce

  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 heaped tbsp tomato paste
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1 tsp gluten free stock powder
  • 1 large can tomato passata
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp Italian Mixed Herbs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 bay leaves

You will also need

  • 350g gluten free spaghetti
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Asiago Cheese
  • Freshly chopped Parsley

Method


Combine well the meatball ingredients. Shape into small meatballs and set on a tray.  Heat a little olive oil in a large pan and sauté the meatballs until brown.  Take them out of the pan and set aside.  In the same pan, sautée the diced onion until translucent. Add the garlic, cook for a few seconds, stirring, and add the red wine. Cook until reduced.  Add the passata, the tomato paste, the stock powder, chilli, herbs, bay leaves, sugar and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, add the meatballs gently and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes.

In the meantime, boil the spaghetti until al dente. Drain and place in pot again.  With a slotted spoon, take out the meatballs and place on a plate.  Reserve 3/4 cup of sauce and throw the rest of the sauce into the spaghetti.  Combine well.

Divide the spaghetti into two/three greased, oven proof individual dishes.  Divide and place meatballs on top and drizzle with the reserved sauce.  Sprinkle the tops heavily with the grated cheese.

Place in a preheated oven of 180C until the cheese melts.

Serve sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley.