Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

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by ourtwokitchens on November 11, 2013

I have something to tell you and I hope it doesn’t make you think any less of me.

I don’t care for pasta. I just don’t get what all the fuss is about. I do however enjoy meatballs and the rich tomato sauce that usually accompanies pasta. And you know what? You can have your meatballs and sauce sans the stringy stuff. It’s just as more delicious that way. To make this meal a little heartier you can serve the meatballs and sauce over your favourite vegetables ( I like using roasted broccoli ) or just have more balls and sauce ;)

Feel free to swap the spicy salami out for something milder, but do try and get a salami that has been smoked as it adds a wonderful flavour to the sauce.

Bon Appétit.

Your ball ingredients, all ready to get to know each other.

Your ball ingredients, all ready to get to know each other.

Taste test time! Don't want to cook a whole batch of bland balls ;)

Taste test time! Don’t want to cook a whole batch of bland balls  ;)

While those meatballs are cooking, start on your spicy tomato sauce.

While those meatballs are cooking, start on your spicy tomato sauce.

Blend the sauce until you've achieved your desired consistency. I like a my sauce on the chunky side.

Blend the sauce until you’ve achieved your desired consistency. I like a my sauce on the chunky side.

Check that your meatballs are cooked. Thermometers are super handy for this, no need to break open a meatball!

Check that your meatballs are cooked. Thermometers are super handy for this, no need to break open a meatball!

Final Close Up

Pasta would only ruin this art work.

Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1kg Lean Beef Mince
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 0.5 cup Onion (diced, you can use white onion if that is all you have on hand)
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Minced Garlic (or equivalent fresh garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon White Pepper
  • 0.5 teaspoon Salt

Spicy Tomato Sauce

  • 800g Diced Tomato (I used 2x 400gm cans)
  • 60g Kalamata Olives (Pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic (or equivalent fresh garlic)
  • 100g Spicy Cured Salami (Smoked, if possible. You can also use a mild salami if spice isn't your thing)
  • 1 handful Fresh Basil (roughly chopped)

Directions

Step 1
Pre-heat your oven to 180'C and line a large baking tray with aluminium foil.
Step 2
In a large mixing bowl combine all your meatball ingredients. Hands in is the only way, make sure everyone is getting friendly with each other in there.
Step 3
I like to taste the mixture before cooking a whole batch, so grab a teaspoon of the mix and cook on a skillet. Taste, and adjust the seasoning if needed.
Step 4
This mix will make approximately 24 meatballs (around 45gm each). Roll your meatballs and place them on a baking tray and then into the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Step 5
While your meat balls are baking start on your sauce. Heat up a medium size saucepan, to a medium-high heat.
Step 6
Add in your salami and allow it to cook, stirring frequently, until the fat begins to render out.
Step 7
Once a good amount of oil has been rendered out (when it starts to splutter) add in your garlic, tomato paste, tinned tomato & fresh basil. Bring to a gentle simmer and let is simmer for 5 - 10 minutes to thicken up a little bit.
Step 8
Using a stick blender, blend your sauce until it reaches your desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Step 9
Your meatballs should be ready by now, I like to use my handy meat thermometer to check .
Step 10
Serve the meatballs over the Spicy Tomato Sauce for a delicious meal. You can of course also pair them with your favourite pasta and/or vegetables.

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