Monday, 22 March 2010


Not the most adventurous home-cooked meal but I'm on a tight budget this week...

It's obviously pretty straightforward, but everyone's recipe differs. Mine differs every time I make it, depending on what I have in the kitchen!

Tomato Pasta Sauce
Sliced Onion
Ripe Tomatoes
Tinned Tomatoes
Tomato Paste
Capsicum (Roasted and peeled, if you can be bothered)
Mixed Herbs (Today I used Basil, Parsley and Thyme)
Salt & Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce

Sweat the onions, then add everything else and simmer... Sometimes I puree it, sometimes I leave it pretty rustic.

Sauce, pureed.

Meat, balled.
1kg Beef Mince
500g Pork Mince
Diced Onion
Chopped Chilli
Chopped Garlic
Chopped Parsley
Salt & Pepper

Sweat the onion, chilli and garlic slowly, then allow to cool before mixing into the meat and rest for half an hour. Shape into balls, about 50g/the size of a ping-pong ball. Seal the balls in hot oil, then pour over the tomato sauce and simmer gently for... a while.

Ideally, serve on top of spaghetti or linguini, garnish with finely chopped parsley and grated parmesan. Eat.

This batch wasn't bad, not fantastic. I like having capsicum in the sauce too, not really traditional (I don't think), but it adds a bit of extra depth.


  1. I like your last comment .. let you know even if I'm reading. Here I am reading your blog ! Home cooking is certainly fun as there's no boundaries. Looking forward to read your next post :)

  2. How funny. I thought about making meatballs tonight for dinner. Now that I'm home I can't be arsed doing anything but going out for dinner!
    I love putting parmesan into my meatballs

  3. Mmm meatballs, great classic dish and so easy to throw together for a home cooked meal.

  4. I've only made meatballs once but they didn't turn out too great- my father bought me pork mince instead of beef, and I didn't realise until I actually cooked it =] So yours sound great compared to mine! tehehe....


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