This recipe was inspired by a conversation I had with my mum a few weeks ago. We were talking about the Tomato Sauce that I made with my friend Deb’s family. One of the gorgeous girls at my Mum’s work also has an annual family sauce day. She had been telling mum that one of their favorite way to use the sauce was to make chicken meatballs.
This is my version of meatballs using spinach and herbs from my garden and the sauce I made with Deb’s family on Sauce Day. There is something comforting and satisfying about meatballs. The crunch of the pine nuts and smooth tang of the fruit make these ones special.
3 pieces of bread and ¼ cup of Parmesan - whizzed in a processor to a fine crumb (fresh bread crumbs- just under 2 cups)
30 grams of fresh spinach leaves (with stems removed) finely chopped - 1 cup
2 (long neck) bottles of Sauce Day sauce - or 2 x tins 400 grams tinned tomatoes
small bunch of fresh parsley - leaves chopped
small handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
salt and pepper
freshly grated Parmesan cheese to serve
To a bowl add the meatball ingredients
Mix to combine well
Use a spoon to scoop the mix from the bowl and roll into small balls. Don't roll large balls as they will take too long to cook through
Place the rolled meatballs onto a plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
When the meatballs have been in the fridge for 15 minutes add the tomato sauce (or tinned tomatoes) to a large warmed pan.
Add the herbs to the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
Simmer gently for 10 minutes
Remove the meatballs from the fridge and gently add to the pan of tomatoes - the liquid should almost cover the meatballs
Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through, stir gently occasionally
Remove from heat and serve with crusty bread and fresh Parmesan.
Preparation time includes time to refrigerate Gently simmer the meatballs and stir occasionally I serve this meal to the children with a small amount of pasta Serve with crusty bread to mop up the sauce Keep the size of the meatballs small or they will not cook through in this time