This is a fast recipe to make which is great on busy days, and it tastes lovely, my kids absolutely love it.
Now I use Sacla Cherry Tomato and Basil pasta sauce as that is the one I love, but you can use your own favourite pasta sauce. I have also made it with tomato passata, just add in 1/2 teaspoon of vegeta and 8 torn basil leaves, salt and pepper if using passata.
I also added an onion, as I feel it adds a little extra flavour to your meatballs, but if your kids don't like onions, don't add it.
I fry and bake these in my Chasseur casserole dish, I love it, and it is perfect for recipes that go from stove top to oven.
You can use baby bocconcini instead of large bocconcini, and you don't need to tear the baby ones, throw them in whole.
A little oil does float to the surface once the meatballs are baked, remove excess oil with a tablespoon before serving if you like.
And finally my favourite garlic bread recipe can be found at http://www.whatscookingella.com/blog/garlic-bread1
So if you are looking for a quick midweek dinner idea, this is perfect for those days.
1kg pork and veal mince
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 small onion, diced
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves, plus extra leaves to serve
1/2 teaspoon vegeta (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
840g jar tomato pasta sauce
180g tub (6 large) bocconcini, drained, torn
500g pasta of your choice, to serve
6-8 slices garlic bread, to serve
Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan forced.
In a small frying pan add 1/2 a tablespoon of the oil. Add diced onion and sauté for about 5 minutes until onions are soft. Set aside to cool in a bowl for 10 minutes.
Place mince, breadcrumbs, cooled onion, egg, parmesan, oregano, vegeta and basil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Shape mixture into 20 large or 30 small meatballs.
Add pasta sauce. Bring to the boil. Scatter over the bocconcini. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until meatballs are coked through.
You can serve it straight from the baking dish or spoon into a serving bowl.
Top meatballs with extra basil leaves.
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