Home-made meatballs in Napoletana sauce

Home-made meatballs in Napoletana sauce

These home-made meatballs are always a hit!

Recipe and styling by Sarah Dall

Home-made meatballs in Napoletana sauce

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • NAPOLETANA SAUCE

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 5 sprigs fresh basil
  • 12g (1 tbsp) white sugar
  • 6g (1 tsp) salt
  • MEATBALLS

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 onion, peeled and grated
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 2g (1 tsp) ground coriander
  • 2g (1 tsp) hot
  • English mustard
  • 8g (1 tbsp) tomato sauce
  • 12g (3 tbsp) fresh parsley, roughly chopped + extra, to garnish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 100g Parmesan/Grana Padano, grated
  • fresh wholewheat spaghetti cooked according to packaging instructions, to serve (optional)

Instructions

1

For the Napoletana sauce, place the 3 minced garlic cloves and the roughly chopped onion, along with the remaining sauce ingredients in a medium pot. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat until the tomatoes start to break down, about 1 hour. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blitz until smooth. Set aside.

2

For the meatballs, preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the 2 crushed garlic cloves and the grated onion, along with the remaining meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Using your hands, knead the mixture until well combined. Use a large tablespoon to scoop dollops of the mixture. Roll each spoonful between the palms of your hands to form a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used.

3

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs in batches and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer the meatballs to an ovenproof skillet. Pour the Napoletana sauce over the meatballs. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan/Grana Padano. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are cooked, about 30 minutes.

4

Remove from oven and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve with wholewheat spaghetti, if desired.

 

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