We’ve had a copy of Nigella Bites on the shelf for a few years now but never seem to really use it. I’m not sure why, so I dusted it off and decided to give her homemade meatballs and pasta sauce a try. The full recipe actually includes making your own pasta, but that was a step too far for a dinner that I’m cooking after a long day at work!
Making the meatballs is pretty easy, mixing mince with egg, salt, pepper, oregano and breadcrumbs. This is then shaped into balls which go in the fridge whilst you get on with the sauce. The sauce is pretty simple too – chopped onion, garlic and oregano are fried in butter before adding tomato passata and water. A pinch of salt, pepper and sugar gets added too. Bring it to the boil and add a little milk, then put the meatballs in the simmering liquid. Wait for them to change colour before stirring and then cook for about 20 minutes.
By the time it’s ready the sauce has really thickened up and the end result is rather special. We enjoyed this one a lot – very satisfying, even if it does take longer to make than just whacking some pre-prepared meatballs in a jar of pasta sauce.