Who doesn’t love spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs? We’ve worked hard to make sure our balls pack a punch and you’re going to love the wine-infused tomato sauce. It’s well worth making this with fresh tomatoes if you can.
First get the tomato sauce started. If using fresh tomatoes, peel
them. To do this, core and score a cross on the base of each
tomato, then plunge it into boiling water for a count of 10
(less ripe tomatoes may need a little longer). Roughly chop
Them or put them in a food processor and pulse. Do not strain
- there’s a lot of flavour in the liquid/jelly around the seeds.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and sauté,
stirring regularly, until it’s very soft and translucent.
Add the garlic to the onion and cook for another couple
of minutes, then add the oregano and white wine. Allow
the wine to reduce by half, then add the tomatoes
(fresh or canned) and season with plenty of salt and pepper.
Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat, cover the pan
and simmer for half an hour. Uncover and taste. If the
sauce is too acidic, add a generous pinch of sugar.
Continue to simmer gently until the sauce is well reduced.
Add the basil towards the end of this simmering time.
While the sauce is simmering, make the meatballs. Preheat
the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6 and line a baking tray
with baking sparchment. Heat the oil in a frying pan and
add the onion. Sauté over a low heat until soft and
translucent, add the garlic and cook for another minute or so.
Take the pan off the heat and then add the oregano, lemon
zest and chilli flakes, if using. Season well.
Put the pork mince into a bowl and add the contents of the
frying pan along with the remaining ingredients. Add more
seasoning and mix thoroughly until quite stiff. Divide into 20
balls and place them on the baking tray. Bake in the oven for
about 15 minutes until browned and just cooked through.
Add the meatballs to the sauce and let them simmer for a few
Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of water, according to the packet
instructions. Spoon the meatballs and sauce over the spaghetti and
garnish with basil. Serve with plenty of grated Parmesan.
The Hairy Bikers’ Everyday Winners by Si King and Dave Myers is published by Seven Dials in hardback at £22, photography by Andrew Hayes-Watkins
Try more recipes from The Hairy Bikers, including Cumberland sausage pie, corned beef Lancashire hotpot and vegetable enchiladas.