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Spaghetti Meatballs Recipe

This is Spaghetti meatballs but not the way you might know it! This is the REAL DEAL - Spaghetti with MINI meatballs taught by the master in the kitchen, my inspiration, my Nonna! If you want to find the perfect recipe to help you bring the real taste of Italy into your kitchen, THIS IS IT. Don't waste any more time making this dish the wrong way - try MY NONNA'S way and never go back.

Watch video recipe:

Step one - Mini Meatballs

Ingredients:
300g veal mince
1 egg yolk
Parmesan cheese (as much as you like!)
Salt
Extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

Utensils:
1 x medium size bowl
1 x medium size plate
1 x small plate
1 x fork
Small saucepan

Method:
1. To make the meatballs, add the egg yolk to a bowl of mince and whisk it through using a fork, breaking down the mince in the process.
2. Add a generous amount of parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt then continue to mix it well.
3. Give the meatball ingredients a final mix using your hands.
4. Pour some evoo onto a small plate, then rub some onto the palm of one of your hands.
5. Get a small amount of the mince, then roll it into a ball using the palm of your hand that is wet with oil and place it onto a large, flat plate that has just a touch of oil on it so that the mini meatballs don't stick to it!

6. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until you finish the mince mixture.
7. Boil water in a small saucepan and then cook the meatballs for 1-2 minutes. They are pre-cooked before you add them to the sauce so that you don't add them raw and to prevent them from breaking.
8. Using a large spoon with holes at the bottom, strain the mini meatballs and place them onto a small plate to rest.

Step Two - Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:
Half an onion
1 x carrot
1 x bottle of passata (homemade is best if you've got some!)
A few celery sticks
4-5 fresh basil leaves
evoo
Rock salt

Utensils:
1 x large pot
1 x wooden spoon
Pasta strainer

Method:
1. Turn the stove up to a medium heat.
2. Get a large pot and add a generous amount of EVOO. Cut half an onion and a carrot into small pieces and add these to the pan.
3. Once it heats up, add a bottle of sauce (passata) and mix using a wooden spoon.
4. Then add a few celery stalks, some fresh basil leaves and a small amount of rock salt.
5. Mix well and then leave to simmer on a low heat for around an hour, mxing it every now and then.

Combining the Spaghetti and the Meatballs
1. Put a small saucepan on the stove at a low heat. Scoop up a large spoonful of sauce and add it in, then add all of the mini meatballs and mix the sauce through. Leave this to cook for approx. ten minutes.
2. Bring 5L of water to boil in a large pot. Add the freshly made Maccheroni alla Chittara pasta and cook it for around 3-5 minutes. Every so often, mix a wooden fork through the pot so that the strands of pasta don't stick together.

3. Add a spoonful of sauce to a large bowl and once you have strained the pasta, add it on top. Then, add another generous amount of sauce on top before sprinkling LOTS of freshly grated parmesan over it and mixing through.

4. Then, add the Delicious mini meatballs, mix through again and serve...

How to serve:
Add some extra sauce to each plate of spaghetti meatballs and serve with a sprinkle (or two!) of parmesan over the top.

E ora si mangia, Vincenzo's Plate...Enjoy!