Louise's Italian Meatballs recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 20 mins to prepare and 45 mins to cook
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Customer recipe by Louise Foyster
Added 70 months ago

In a large pan, heat the 1 tbsp of the olive oil over a medium heat and fry 2 of the garlic cloves and red chilli for a couple of minutes.

After a couple of minutes, add the passatta and the balsamic vinegar. Season to taste.

Put a lid on the pan and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Now start making the meatballs. Add the mince, egg, chilli flakes, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, and the rest of the garlic to a mixing bowl. Add some salt and pepper, and grated Parmesan and then squeeze together with your hands to until all the ingredients are mixed into the mince.

Then shape into 16 balls, around the size of a golf ball. Squeeze quite tightly to stop them from falling apart.

Use balsamic glaze to decorate the plate edges if you are cooking to impress!

Please note: this recipe has been created and uploaded by a member of the Tesco Real Food online community. Tesco does not test customer recipes so cannot accept responsibility for the content, validate the results or answer queries regarding them.

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli
  • 500ml carton passata
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 500g (1lb) minced beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 25g (1oz) Parmesan cheese, finely grated, plus extra for serving
  • 300g (10oz) dried pasta
  • balsamic glaze to serve – optional
  • knob butter
  • crusty bread to serve
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