Recipe: Tasty spaghetti and meatballs

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Description: Tasty meatballs made from tender beef mince flavoured with herbs, served with a mixed vegetable tomato sauce and spaghetti

Method:

1 In a large mixing bowl, mix together the mince, mixed herbs and garlic until combined. Season with freshly ground black pepper then, using your hands, shape the mixture into 12 balls.

2 Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for 10 minutes, turning regularly, until golden all over.

3 Drain off any excess from the pan, then pour in the pasta sauce. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes. If the sauce is a little thick, add a few tablespoons of boiling water.

4 While the sauce is simmering, bring a medium pan of water to the boil, add the carrots and cook for 7 mins until tender, adding the celery to the pan for the final 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain then stir into the pan with the meatballs.

5 Meanwhile, fill another large pan with water and bring to the boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until tender. Drain.
6 Divide the spaghetti between bowls, top with the meatballs and tomato sauce, and serve scattered with the Cheddar.

 

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves: 4, plus leftovers for Sloppy Joes for lunch the following day

Ingredients:

500g pack extra lean beef steak mince

1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

500g jar tomato and herb pasta sauce

4 medium carrots, chopped

2 sticks celery, chopped

350g spaghetti

30g mild British Cheddar, finely grated

Cook's Tip:
To make enough meatballs and sauce to have Sloppy Joes for lunch the next day, simply use a 750g pack mince, a 700g jar tomato and herb pasta sauce and 2 extra carrots. This will be enough for 20 meatballs – use 12 for dinner (or 3 meatballs per person) and use the remaining ones for lunch the following day. Serve them warm in white finger rolls.

Recipe courtesy of Sainsburys

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