Monday, May 19, 2008

Italian Meatballs Pasta

First we have Chinese noodles, now let's have some Italian pasta....

For the meatballs:
500 g pork, minced
2 egg yolks
2 T freshly grated parmesan
4 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp chopped parsley, basil or sage (dried or fresh)
80 g fresh breadcrumbs (just blitz some days-old toasted bread in the food processor)
black pepper
12-15 green olives

Mix every thing (except for the olives) together and season well. 
Divide into 12-15 equal portions (that would depend on how big you like the meatballs) .
Roll a portion into a ball, flatten slightly and place an olive in the center. 
Wrap the olive completely with the meat and shape into a firm ball. 
Do the same with the rest of the minced meat. 
Place in a tray, cover and place in the fridge until ready to cook. 

For the sauce:
1 big onion, chopped finely
4 garlic cloves, chopped finely
1 t dried oregano (or any other dried herb you prefer)
2 T olive oil
1 stock cube + 50 ml water
1 can (500 ml) whole peeled tomato, chopped coarsely 
1 T tomato puree
100 ml white wine
sugar, salt and pepper
chives, for garnishing
Heat oil in a pot, sweat the chopped onion then add the garlic and fry until fragrant but not brown. Put the rest of the ingredients in the pot. Bring to boil and lower heat to simmer.

Meanwhile, fry meatballs in heated oil (or butter) in a pan until golden brown (about 8-10 minutes). 
Mix the sauce into the meatballs and continue to cook for 10 -15 minutes. Season with salt , pepper and sugar (optional). Off the fire.

And the meatballs sauce is ready.
All that is needed to do now is to boil the pasta according to package instruction or one's preference. 
Pile the sauce on the pasta, sprinkle with some chopped chives and presto... dinner is ready.



ekeng said...

Oh my..this is my fav pasta...It's look good and i'm sure it taste 10times better than Pizza Hut one ;)

a feast, everyday said...

hi ekang, where have u been all this while? good to have u back. pizza hut serves meatball pasta? haven't been there for ages.

New Kid on the Blog said...

This looks good!!!

a feast, everyday said...

Tq, not difficult to cook up too.

frank said...

I love meatballs, and I feel the one at Ikea is quite good, but hey, I do have peasant taste :-)

These look fantastic. I love the way you put the olives in the centre. Is this the usual style. I never realised how superb that idea is. I love olives - though Iris would give it a miss.

Gotta try this at home, soon, maybe this weekend. :-)

Rainwater Harvesting in the UK said...

Great recipe, I used black olives and a handful of chopped rocket out of the garden added to the sauce - delicious.
I grow all my own vegatables using rainwater harvesting.