This is a slight variation of Jamie Oliver’s recipe from Ministry of Food, it is fantastic, I’ve just changed a few things to make it a little easier for the chef!
For this recipe I made 18 meatballs (they were about ping-pong ball size), I froze 9 and cooked 9.
For the Meatballs you will need:
Minced beef (500g)
Dried Rosemary (1tsp heaped)
Cream Crackers (x12)
Dijon Mustard (2tsps heaped)
Dried Oregano (1tbsp heaped)
Salt & Pepper (a pinch of each)
- First pop your cream crackers into a freezer bag and seal, then bash then with a meat mallet until they are crumbs…
- Next, pop the all the ingredients into a mixing bowl…
- Mix all this together with your hands until all the ingredients are incorporated into the mixture…
- Clean your hands and leave them a little wet (makes them less sticky) and make the meatballs rolling them in the palm of your hands. Set them to one side.
We will come back to them in a moment. Now for the sauce.
You will need:
Olive Oil (to fry)
Chopped Tomatoes (1 x can or carton)
Hot Chili Powder (1 x tbsp)
Medium Onion (x1)
Garlic (2 cloves)
Fresh Basil (1 sprig)
Balsamic vinegar (around 2 x tbsp)
- Fry the onion and garlic in a little olive oil and stir until softened.
- Throw in the chili powder and mix in, leaving it to fry for a moment.
- Next, pour in the chopped tomatoes and stir it through.
- Add the fresh basil separating the leaves.
- Pour in the balsamic and let it simmer for a moment. Add a pinch of salt if needed.
- Start boiling some water in a pan and throw in your spaghetti (60g per person)
- In a separate frying pan heat some oil, make sure it covers the whole base. Add your meatballs into fry on a medium heat…and turn them over every couple of minutes…
- Once they are cooked, pop them into the sauce. and mix around being careful not to break them, although they should be pretty solid.
- Once your spaghetti is ready, drain and serve…
- For the real deal add some cheese…
- And then mix together! YUM!!!! You should have a rich sauce with just enough spiciness to give it a good kick. The meatballs should be a little crispy on the outside and soft and meaty on the inside, the flavour of the rosemary should be subtle and the whole thing should melt in your mouth. DEELISH!!!!