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Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 500g beef mince
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1/2 an onion, finely grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • A generous handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic paste

For the sauce:

  • 500g passata
  • 250ml beef stock
  • 2 tsp Worcester sauce
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • black pepper to taste

To serve:

  • Spaghetti
  • Grated cheese
  • Vegetables of your choice!  We used baby corn and sugar snap peas because we had some that needed using up!

Method:

  • Put all of the meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.  (Messy I know! You could use a food processor if you like but we like the texture we get from hand mixing.)
  • Shape the mixture into balls – as big or small as you like!  We make them about an inch wide.
  • This mixture makes a lot of meatballs.  We portioned ours so we had four bags for the freezer too.  (Each bag had enough meatballs in to make a meal for the three of us.)  This saves so much time in the week when we are working and want a quick, healthy, home cooked meal.

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  • In a pan, lightly fry the meatballs in some cooking spray.  (Just enough to seal them round the edges so they hold their shape.)
  • To the same pan, add the sauce ingredients.
  • Mix well and transfer to a casserole dish with the lid on.

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  • Place the meatballs and sauce into a preheated oven at 180 degrees.
  • After half an hour turn the oven down to 120 and leave to cook for a further hour.
  • 10 minutes before serving, cook your spaghetti and side vegetables.  We also like to grate some cheddar cheese to go on the top!
  • Enjoy!

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6 Replies to “Spaghetti and Meatballs”

    1. Aw thank you!
      I did used to roughly cut spaghetti up, even now I snap it in half for him before cooking. He likes slurping spaghetti but finds it easier if it’s a bit shorter. Some babies on our Facebook group manage really well with spaghetti from 6 months old!
      They’re all so different, it’s all about finding what works for you and your baby and going with it 🙂

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