Meatballs & Pasta

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From the Channel 4 TV series - Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food

Recipe copied from Channel 4 website/TV programme related web page.

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4 sprigs fresh rosemary
12 cream crackers
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
500 grams minced beef, pork, or a mixture; good-quality
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 large egg; preferably free-range or organic
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
1 bunch fresh basil
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 fresh or dried red chilli
2 400 gram tins tomatoes; chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
400 grams dried spaghetti or penne
Parmesan cheese; for grating
Pasta; to suit your tastes

Original recipe makes 4



To make your meatballs

* Pick the rosemary leaves off the woody stalks and finely chop them

* Wrap the crackers in a tea towel and smash up until fine, breaking up any big bits up with your hands

* Add to the bowl with the mustard, minced meat, chopped rosemary and oregano

* Crack in the egg and add a good pinch of salt and pepper

* With clean hands scrunch and mix up well

* Divide into 4 large balls

* With wet hands, divide each ball into 6 and roll into little meatballs – you should end up with 24

* Drizzle them with olive oil and jiggle them about so they all get coated

* Put them on a plate, cover and place in the fridge until needed

To cook your pasta, meatballs and sauce

* Peel and finely chop the onion and the garlic

* Finely slice the chilli

* Put a large pan of salted water on to boil

* Next, heat a large frying pan on a medium heat and add 2 lugs of olive oil

* Add your onion to the frying pan and stir for around 7 minutes or until softened and lightly golden

* Then add your garlic and chilli, and as soon as they start to get some colour add the large basil leaves

* Add the tomatoes and the balsamic vinegar

* Bring to the boil and season to taste

* Meanwhile, heat another large frying pan and add a lug of olive oil and your meatballs

* Stir them around and cook for 8–10 minutes until golden (check they’re cooked by opening one up – there should be no sign of pink)

* Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer until the pasta is ready, then remove from the heat

* Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions.

To serve your meatballs

Saving some of the cooking water, drain the pasta in a colander

• Return the pasta to the pan

• Spoon half the tomato sauce into the pasta, adding a little splash of your reserved water to loosen

• Serve on a large platter, or in separate bowls, with the rest of the sauce and meatballs on top

• Sprinkle over the small basil leaves and some grated Parmesan


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The 11 yr old had second helpings
hollyloveland 10 months ago
This recipe is one of over 100 from Jamie’s Ministry of Food book by Jamie Oliver [I posted this recipe.]
alinicoll 5 years ago
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