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Italian Meatballs & Tomato Sauce 

' What could me more iconic than Meatballs in tomato sauce, when thinking about Italian food ? Ok maybe Lasagne. '
' These meatballs are dead simple to make and for that matter so is the sauce , another example of what you can do with a little minced beef and some imagination... ' 

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Ingredients: For the meatballs : 

  • 350 g Minced Beef
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Clove or 1 teaspoon of Lazy Garlic
  • Half a teaspoon of Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Tarragon 
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Onion Granules 

For the Sauce : 

  • 1 White onion 
  • 25 g Butter
  • 1 Beef stock cube
  • 1 teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of Passata 
  • 1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of plain flour
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Method : For the Meatballs : 

  • Dice up your onion and add the garlic to it , mix together
  • Put the Mince Beef in a bowl and with your hand mash it up until smooth. 
  • Season the mince with pepper , onion granules , tarragon  and chilli powder
  • Mix in with your hand.
  • Add your onion to the meat and continue to mix with your hand. 
  • On a floured board , divide the mixture up into approx. 2 inch balls (You should get 18 small meatballs)
  • rest the meatballs in the fridge 

For the Sauce : 

  • Dice up your onion , melt butter in a frying pan and fry off the onions for a few minutes.
  • Grind up the stock cube into a small bowl , add the paprika , ketchup and Passata , add a splash of hot water and mix into a paste. 
  • Add the flour to the cooked onions and butter to form a paste , then add the chopped tomatoes and mix together well.
  • Add the paste you made earlier to the sauce, and combine with a wooden spoon.
  • Cook for a few minutes , until hot. 

The Finishing Touches : 

  • In a separate pan , melt 25 g butter , then fry off the meatballs until brown all over . 
  • When the meatballs are cooked , add them to the pan with the tomato sauce and mix in well. Cook for a further 10 - 15 minutes . 

  ' Serve on a bed of spaghetti or other pasta , with garlic bread and basil ... '