Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Made with Passata

Sweet and creamy, the classic Passata is the most convenient way to use tomatoes. It’s ideal for short cooking time recipes in which it maintains its bright red color. You only need to heat it up to give a creamy texture to your recipes with eggs, white meat or to prepare a quick sauce for your pasta. At the table, its sweetness and velvety texture will make everyone happy, even the youngest.

(COOK TIME: 60+ min)

Easy

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1 g 400 jar Mutti Passata
  • 1 tbsp Mutti Double Concentrate Tomato Paste
  • 1 g 400 tin Mutti Polpa Finely Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 50 g butter
  • 3 leaves bay
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • extra virgin olive oil

For the meatballs:

  • 500 g of each minced pork and beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • salt
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Method

  1. To make the sauce, firstly heat the oil in a medium saucepan on low heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until translucent.
  2. Add the butter and Mutti Double Concentrate Tomato Paste. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the Mutti Polpa and Passata and stir.
  4. Add rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, chili and season with salt. Mix well together and reduce heat to low. Cover with a lid. Let the sauce cook for 1½ - 2 hours. Stir throughout the cooking process.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, you can make a start on the meatballs. To begin, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and combine well. I use my hands as it’s easier but you can use a spoon.
  6. Make them into balls with your hands. Place them on a flat tray, cover in cling wrap and place them in the fridge for an hour to firm.
  7. In a large saucepan, cook each of the meatballs until they are a little brown on either sides but not cooked all the way through.
  8. In the last 30mins of the cooking the sauce, place each of the meatballs into the sauce and pop the lid back on. The heat from the sauce will cook the meatballs.
  9. Serve with your favourite pasta or with ciabatta bread.

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