Amazing Meatballs in a Rich Tomato Sauce with Focaccia – Warming and so tasty.

It’s very chilly here, nowhere near as bad as other parts of the country, but makes me want to stay at home and cook.

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As part of my Aldi shop last week I bought 500g minced beef, if Youngest was here he would look at me with those eyes and request Spaghetti Bolognaise, pasta is not a favourite of Hubby’s or mine, so I wanted to try something that would use up those stray leftover items from Christmas.

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I had a quarter of a Aldi Salami and some of their sliced Charcuterie, 2 lots of Mozzarella – Meatballs came to mind, in a Rich, thick tomato sauce.

I made the meatball mix in the Thermomix, but it could be easily made in a bowl, it just takes more time and more chopping.

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I start with 2 slices of bread, I have used a seeded loaf, then added the Salami and sliced Charcuterie and whizzed for 10 seconds.

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To this mix I add the minced beef, torn into the bowl, a teaspoon of Oregano, a teaspoon of cumin and one of Garlic granules, then a whole egg and a splash of water.

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On reverse speed 3 I mix together for a few seconds, till the mix has just bound – if doing by hand, get you hands dirty and squidge it all together, till it looks ‘right’.

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I tip the mixture out, I put down some grease proof paper, and rub some olive oil into your hands and roll pieces of the mixture into walnut sized balls – This quantity made 18 good sized Meatballs, I am going to serve 4 each for us, if you are feeding younger kids, half the size of the Meatballs.

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I have put 2 more portions into the freezer for another day, so 6 adult portions for about £4 – not bad even though I say so myself 😊

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I am making the tomato sauce in the Thermomix, a large peeled diced onion and a fat glove of garlic into the bowl and whizzed on speed 4 for 10 seconds, then add a glug of olive oil and cook on heat varoma for 5 minutes,

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then add a sliced red pepper, cook again for 3 minutes till softening,

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then a can of chopped tomatoes, a half can full of water, a good squeeze of tomato purée, a teaspoon of Oregano, salt and pepper to taste, and I add a teaspoon of sugar to balance the acid of the tomatoes

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simmer on heat varoma, reverse speed 1 for 10 minutes, or till thick and gorgeous – feel free to add chilli if you like your sauce spicy.

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Into a preheated oven (180) I put the Meatballs in for 15 minutes till browning on the outside

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when done, add the tomato sauce, and shredded Mozzarella, a glug of olive oil, season to taste – back into the hot oven for another 15-20 minutes till bubbling,golden and molten.

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Serve with pasta, or in our case, big chuncks of garlic and Rosemary Foccacia, I made earlier in the week and froze (recipe Here)

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Enjoy!

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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