Mel and Mal's Italian Meatballs with Tagliatelle

  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 75g white breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Handful chopped fresh parsley
  • 5ml dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 75g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 30ml milk
  • flour for dusting
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 400g tagliatelli
  • 40g diced butter
  • sea salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • For the Tomato Sauce
  • 45ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 sticks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 x 425g Napolini chopped tomatoes
  • 125g sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2tbs tomato puree
  • 2tbs muscovado sugar
  • 150ml white wine
  • sea salt and freshly milled black pepper

Create your own Lady and The Tramp moment with this quick and easy dish. You can use spaghetti rather than tagliatelle, just like in the film! Ahhh, how romantic!

Serves : 4        Prep/Cooking Time : 1hr 10mins

Tip : Make the meatballs and sauce well in advance and freeze so that you can bring them out whenever you need them


Make the Sauce

Heat the oil in a large saute pan and fry the onion and the celery until soft but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes

Stir in the tomatoes, puree, sugar and wine and season to taste then bring to the boil and then simmer for 15 minutes

Prepare the Meatballs

Break up the meat into a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it becomes a thick paste

Stir in the breadcrumbs, garlic, herbs and the spices, then stir in the cheese and enough milk to make a firm paste

Flour your hands and take a large spoonfuls of the mixture and shape into 24 balls

Heat the oil in a large fry pan and fry the meatballs for 5-7 minutes until browned all over

Pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs and lower the heat and cover then simmer for 30 minutes, turning now and again

Add a little water if the sauce begins to dry

Cook the Pasta & Serve

Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted boiling water, adding the remaining oil until al dente

Drain the pasta into a colander, then turn into a warmed serving plate, dot with butter and toss well

Spoon the meatballs and the sauce over the pasta and sprinkle on the parsley and serve with a green salad

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