This was again, inspired by my trip to italy this past summer. I had some meatballs in this authentic italian tomato sauce for lunch on my birthday in Positano and they tasted amazing so I wanted to try it for myself! To make the meal healthier you can always use turkey mince, since it has much lower calories and is generally better for you BUT I wanted to treat myself and have something authentic so I went with the traditional Beef!
500g free range minced beef
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1⁄2cup grated locatelli cheese
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 a white onion (finely chopped)
1/4 cup of chopped basil
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
1 tin of chopped tomatoes (to make your own blitz 4 large tomatoes in a food processor and add a pinch of salt)
3 tablespoons of grated parmesan
2 and a half cups of water
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Firstly make the sauce:
add the garlic, onion, and saute until tender.
Add the paste, tomatoes, water and herbs, and bring to a boil, then season with salt and pepper to your own personal taste.
Turn mixture down to a simmer.
Now for the meatballs:
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl by hand.
Use your bare hands for best results.
Wet your hands to prevent from sticking and roll into golf sized balls
To help shape the meatballs and keep them in tact, lightly fry them in cold pressed rapeseed oil
Drop raw meatballs into your pot of sauce and cover. Allow to cook on low to medium heat for about 2 hours.
When ready, grate some fresh parmesan and serve on top
I served these meatballs with my Sweet Potato Gnocchi (click the link for the recipe) and they went so well together!