Fusilli & Meatballs


Fusilli & Meatballs

Fusilli & Meatballs

Lunch for 4

Ingredients for the mincemeat:

Preparing the meatballs

Preparing the meatballs

  • 500g mince beef
  • ½ medium onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Curly parsley

Ingredients for the Tomato Sauce:

  • 10 tomatoes
  • ½ medium onion
  • Ketchup

For the pasta:

Fusilli

Fusilli

  • 500gr Fusilli pasta
  • Curly parsley

Method:

Start by the meatball: Remove all packaging from the meat and place in a bowl.

Finely chop half of a medium onion, garlic, a handful of curly parsley and add to the mince. Also season with salt & pepper, then combine well using your hand.

Ready meatballs

Ready meatballs

Now form the meatballs as big or small as you’d like. And place them in the saucepan you will be using for the tomato sauce. You would have noted that there is no eggs or bread crumbs added here as they are not really necessary. Meat has a natural binder.

Now place the pan on a medium heat making sure to very gently turn each meat ball from side to as the meat browns. Allow 1-2 minutes per side. Once this is done, remove the meat from the pan leaving the pan on the heat.

As the meat cooks, it will release fat and we are going to use that fat to make the tomato sauce.

For the sauce, chop the remaining half onion and fry it in the meat fat for 2 minutes on high heat.

Now add the chopped tomatoes, stir and cover for 10 minutes.

for the sauce

for the sauce

After the 10 minutes, stir the content of the pan, then add the meatballs and ketchup.

Stir and add 200ml water or stock if you wish.

Adjust the seasoning, stir and leave to simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

Now time to cook the pasta.

Follow the instruction on the package.

Boil the water with a table spoon of oil and salt. Just before serving, chop the remaining Parsley, add the pasta and toss.

Plate and serve.

Enjoy.

 

 

Advertisements

Rough potato mash & spinash


Heart attack in a plate... so tasty!

Heart attack in a plate… so tasty!

Dinner for 2 – oozing with herbs & garlic butter 

Ingredients: 200grs mince beef – 1 small onion – 4 garlic kernels – Salt & white peppers – 6 medium unpeeled potatoes – 10 cubes of frozen spinach leaves – Hand full of chopped parsley. 

Prepare the mince beef steaks: Peel and finely chop ½ the onion & 4 garlic cloves. Add both to the mince eat with a pinch of white grounded pepper & Salt. Mix well using your hand and then, form two steak s from the mix. I do not use egg to keep the mince together as I believe the meat has it own binding agent.

Into a hot frying pan, put a knob of butter. Once melted, place your two steaks and cook each side for about 3 minutes depending of how well cooked you like your meat. I like mine well dead!

DSC01759

It is burning! I got distracted… Doh!

DSC01749Once you turn the steaks to cook the other side, make some space in the pan and add the unfrozen spinach. This way, the spinach will cook while absorbing the flavours from the meat. Remember to salt and pepper the spinach and stir with a folk from top to bottom. By this time the steak should be cooked on both sides.  Remove the pan from the fire and cover. This way, the spinach will finish cooking with the steam.

For the mash: Wash, cut and place the unpeeled potatoes in a pan with some salty water. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes until really soft (the cooking time will depend on the thickness of the potatoes cuts).

Remove from fire and mash with a knob of garlic butter. This is a rough mash and doesn’t need to be smooth. Feel free to add some tangy cheese too if you’ve go some.

This dish is full of butter and fatty stuff. So, for the next few days, stay away from overly sweet and creamy stuff. This makes for a balanced diet and maintaining a regular weight.

Bon Appetit! 🙂