What mince looks like when it isn’t being boring
Recipe by Abigail Donnelly
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour, 10 minutes
For the tomato sauce:
3 T olive oil
2 T butter
200 g leeks, washed and roughly chopped
2 onions, roughly chopped
salt, to taste
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sprigs thyme
1 cup white wine (optional)
1 cup beef stock
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 x 800 g Woolworths Italian whole peeled tomatoes can, blended
3 T tomato paste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For the meatballs:
3 slices white bread, crusts removed
1 cup milk
500 g Woolworths lean beef mince
500 g pork mince
1 red onion, grated
4 T Italian parsley roughly chopped
50 g Parmesan finely grated
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 T olive oil
1 x 500 g Woolworths tagliatelle pasta packet, cooked al dente, for serving
Parmesan, for serving
basil, to garnish
1 To make the tomato sauce, heat the olive oil and butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the leeks and onions and cook until soft, seasoning with salt. Add the garlic, rosemary and thyme and cook for 3 minutes, then pour in the wine.
2 Reduce the wine by half, then add the beef stock, balsamic vinegar, tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with pepper. Cook, covered, over a low heat for 45 minutes.
3 To make the meatballs, preheat the oven to 180°C. Soak the bread in the milk. Squeeze out any excess milk and place in a large bowl. Add the mince, onion, parsley and Parmesan and season to taste.
4 Mix using your hands. Roll into 20 small balls or 15 slightly larger ones.
5 Heat the olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. Brown the meatballs in batches, taking care not to overcrowd the pan.
6 Arrange the meatballs on a baking tray and finish in the oven for about 10 minutes.
7 Place the pasta in a serving dish. Mix the meatballs and tomato sauce, then spoon over the pasta. Serve with Parmesan and garnish with basil.
Cook’s note: If you omit the wine from the sauce, double the quantity of beef stock. You can also use all beef mince instead of half pork.
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