meatballs in sauce

Comfort food is usually a winner in my books. I was never fond of meatballs, or any meat that was cooked in a spherical shape really – until… about an hour ago. These won in my books.

**Pre-heat oven to 180*C

– 400-500g lean beef mince
– 1/3 cup of tomato paste
– 1 large onion, diced finely
– 3 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 for the sauce and 2 for the meatballs
– 1 teaspoon of chilli
– 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
– 1 egg
– 1/4 cup of cous cous (cooked per instructions)
– 1 tablespoon of parsley, finely chopped
– 1/4 cup beef stock
– 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
– 1/2 a red capsicum, chopped roughly
– good splash of red wine 😛 and some extra to sip on
– olive oil
– salt and pepper

1. In a large mixing bowl add mince, tomato paste, egg, onion, two cloves of garlic, oregano, cooked cous cous, parsley and a good lashing of salt and pepper – I like to get my hands diiiirty and combine it with my hands, but a fork also works 🙂
2. In a large oven proof pot (one with a lid and can work on the stove, something like a casserole dish) cook the onion and chilli until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, a splash of red wine and some salt and pepper, and simmer on a low heat for 15minutes.
3. With clean hands roll large balls out of the meat mixture. I made these a little larger than the size of a golf ball. This mixture is super soft, so handle it with care. Drop the balls in and around the tomato sauce mixture very carefully. Then place the pot in the oven for about half an hour, serve hot with a shaving of a good quality parmesan cheese and with veggies, rice, or pasta.

– Serves 4. Instead of cooking them in the oven, you could roll them smaller and fry them in a pan and pour the sauce over them 😉 Either way.. delish!!

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