Pasta and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Twenty years back, if you asked a kid how a dish tasted, he would have responded with ‘good’, ‘spicy’ or a simple ‘I don’t like it’. The polite ones who have stacked the less appealing food on the side of the plate till some adult took pity and excused them from eating it. The naughty ones would have smuggled it away from the dining table and into the trash, or would have fed it to Charlie or Jimmy waiting patiently underneath the table, tongue hanging out.

The kids today give you a full depth analysis about the chicken being a bit too dry, the cheese cake luscious and ‘beautiful’ and how a bit more of lime would have balanced out those flavors perfectly, plus a tip or two about the perfect sushi if they feel like it. Marriage is no longer something that happens between a man and a woman but also (between man man, woman woman?), between flavors and textures. Kids continue to like their fried chicken and pizza but they also want to try foie gras and caviar.

Food is no longer about feeding hungry mouths but about creating a masterpiece that tastes, smells and looks perfect. The plethora of cooking shows on TV with Masterchef Australia in the lead, and a great many food blogs have opened up Indian kitchens to culinary adventures. The kitchen is no longer the domain of the unwilling housewife and even the men have finally left their couch to try a hand at steaming and stewing. Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay are discussed with almost as much passion as Bollywood stars and more and more aspiring chefs attend cookery classes and workshops to better their skills.

I am not exactly the adventurous kind when it comes to food, especially since my family believes that a meal without rice and at least some meen charu is a meal wasted. But I have watched too many shows featuring pasta to ignore it anymore. (Yes, I know you have all attempted pasta, but I haven’t. Unless you count the times I added Kerala chicken curry to it!)

Just to be on the safe side, I chose to cook pasta along with meat balls and tomato sauce because this definitely looked very hearty. And I must say, I am not surprised that Italians eat Italian all the time!

  • Servings: 3-serving
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Twenty years back, if you asked a kid how a dish tasted, he would have responded with ‘good’, ‘spicy’ or a simple ‘I don’t like it’. The polite ones who have stacked the less appealing food on the side of the plate till some adult took pity and excused them from eating it. The naughty ones would have smuggled it away from the dining table and into the trash, or would have fed it to Charlie or Jimmy waiting patiently underneath the table, tongue hanging out.<br />
The kids today give you a full depth analysis about the chicken being a bit too dry, the cheese cake luscious and ‘beautiful’ and how a bit more of lime would have balanced out those flavors perfectly, plus a tip or two about the perfect sushi if they feel like it. Marriage is no longer something that happens between a man and a woman but also (between man man, woman woman?), between flavors and textures. Kids continue to like their fried chicken and pizza but they also want to try foie gras and caviar.<br />
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Summary

  • Cuisine: italian
  • Course: main course
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

500 grams Spaghetti
2 tbsps Parmesan cheese , grated
For meatballs
500 grams Minced meat   (mixture of beef and pork, or just beef)
1/4 cup Capsicum , chopped
1 Egg
1/2 cup Milk
4 Crumbed Bread Slices  
1 Chopped medium onion  
1/4 tbsp Dried parsley
Cloves 2 Crushed Garlic
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
To taste, Salt & pepper
2 tbsps Olive oil
For sauce
2 tbsps Olive oil
125 grams Crumbled bacon
cloves   2 Garlic
half Juice of lemon
1 can Diced tomatoes (410 grams)
140 grams Tomato paste
1/4 tbsp Dried parsley
pinch Dried basil A
To taste Salt and pepper

Steps

  1. For Meatballs: In a large bowl, beat egg.
  2. Add milk and crumbled bread and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients for meat balls, except oil and mix to bring everything together.
  4. Shape into 24 balls and brown them in hot oil. You may need to do this in batches.
  5. Drain on paper.
  6. For the sauce: Heat oil in a pan and fry crushed garlic and bacon.
  7. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, basil, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bring to boil.
  9. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, Give a stir every now and then if you feel the mixture will catch..
  10. Add meatballs to the sauce and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  11. For Pasta: Boil pasta as per package instructions till just tender. Drain.
  12. Serve pasta with meatballs and a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

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