Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Recipes: A Quick Meatball & Tomato Sauce Pasta

Here's a quick and simple pasta using ready made sauce from the supermarket. Try this easy recipe for a fast meal, or to impress your guests.

Serves 2


1/2 big onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil
1 can cut or diced tomatoes
1 can tomato based pasta sauce (there are many varieties and brands, so pick your favourite)
12 meatballs
200g dried spaghetti
Salt, black pepper and sugar to taste


Warm up some olive oil in a frying pan, over medium heat. Put in the meatballs and brown them, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan, saute the onions and garlic until fragrant and the onions become a bit translucent. Add in the cans of diced tomatoes and pasta sauce. Stir everything together and season with salt, black pepper and sugar until you're happy with the taste.

Put in the pre-browned meatballs into the sauce and lower down the heat. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes.

Bring some water to a boil in a pot. Salt the water heavily and put in the spaghetti. Cook according to instructions on the package (usually 7 minutes). The pasta should be just slightly undercooked and have a bite to it, or al dente if you're feeling really Italian. Do the hand gestures too to make it real.

Once the spaghetti is ready, drain most of the water away but keep some. Transfer the spaghetti into the meatball sauce and toss all of it around. The spaghetti will continue to cook and absorb all of the sauce's flavours. If it gets too dry, scoop in some of the cooking water that you've saved. The starch in the water will give the sauce a nice, thick consistency.

Plate up the pasta, arrange the meatballs on top and serve warm.

Jazz up the dish with some fresh basil or freshly grated parmesan cheese, and drizzle some lovely extra virgin olive oil on top.

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