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Colin Fassnidge’s Pork Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Prep time 20 minutes Cook time 60 minutes

Serves 5 people

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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 onions, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 500g pork mince
  • ½ bunch rosemary, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch sage, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch thyme, finely chopped
  • 50g bread crumbs (stale bread blitzed up)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yoke
  • Salt and pepper

Tomato sauce

  • 2 tins tomatoes
  • 1 tin of cold water
  • 2 onions, rough chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • ½ bunch sage, chopped
  • Sprig rosemary, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. 1.
    Preheat fan forced oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. 2.
    To make the tomato sauce: sweat onions and garlic for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper.
  3. 3.
    Add the chopped herbs.
  4. 4.
    Add tomatoes and water.
  5. 5.
    Simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. 6.
    For the meatballs: Over medium heat sweat off garlic, onions in olive oil for about 10 minutes or until soft – set them aside to cool
  7. 7.
    Mix herbs together and finely chop.
  8. 8.
    Place mince in a mixing bowl and add herbs, cooled onions, egg and extra egg yoke, crumbs.
  9. 9.
    Season mixture.
  10. 10.
    Using clean hands mix and incorporate ingredients together.
  11. 11.
    Mould golf sized ball shaped with hands of mixture should get about 14-15 depending on size
  12. 12.
    Line up in baking tray.
  13. 13.
    Cover with the tomato sauce and grate over some Parmesan.
  14. 14.
    Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
  15. 15.
    Take out and serve straight away.
  16. 16.
    Serve with any dry pasta cooked al dente for dinner or place with salad inside a flat bread wrap for lunch.

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