Freezer Dive – Homemade Italian style Meatballs with tomato butter basil sauce and spaghetti

About 3 weeks ago I made some delicious Meatballs, and tucked a load into the freezer for a night when I didn’t want to spend all evening in the kitchen. The recipe for the meats balls is Here they are really simple to make and taste amazing…


Tonight, I am making Meatballs and spaghetti in a homemade tomato, butter, basil sauce 🤗 The sauce is from a Pinch of Yum chicken pasta recipe and is lush see Here


I split each of the Meatballs into 2, making them bitesize. Then in some olive oil, gently  fry off to brown ,  then set them aside.

img_2272Let the oil cool a little, and add a tin of chopped tomatoes and 2 crushed cloves of garlic, let it cook down, add salt and pepper to taste, then add a third of a bock of unsalted butter, stir till melted in.


Return the Meatballs to the sauce, and heat till cooked through.


Finely slice a bunch of basil leaves and add to the sauce, just before serving.

Cook enough spaghetti for 4 (or 3 hungry people), stir into the sauce and serve with a grating of Parmesan.


And slices of dripping garlic bread 😇


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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