This is the type of food you can’t go wrong with because everyone simply loves a plate of spaghetti with meatballs…add to that the melting cheesy heart and you are all set! It is a tiny bit time consuming but totally worth it! I love these with crusty bread as well and even better i sometimes make meatball sandwiches that the kids absolutely love!!
Recipe is for 4-6 people:
- 1/2 kg minced beef
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup grated parmigiano
- 100 gr cubed mozzarella (about)
- 3 tbsp bread crumbs, you might add a bit more
- 2 slices of crust less bread, preferably a bit stale
- A bit of milk
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried origano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 500 gr of spaghetti
- A big jar of your favorite marinara sauce or better if you make your own
- In a medium sized bowl add the bread and cover it with milk. Set aside till needed.
- In a big bowl add the minced beef, egg, breadcrumbs, parmigiano, dried origano, parsley and season with salt and pepper.
- Take the bread out of the milk, squeeze it well to get rid of all the excess and add it to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- Using your hands mix everything together till well combined. At this point if the mixture is too sticky you have to add more breadcrumbs a bit at a time till you get the desired consistency.
- Place a bit of flour in a separate plate.
- Start forming the meatballs: take around a tablespoon and a half and flatten it in the palm of your hand. Add a mozzarella cube, form a ball, making sure it’s well sealed, lightly pass it through a bit of flour and set aside. Continue doing this till you finish them all.
- In a frying pan add some olive oil with a knob of butter and add the meatball in batches turning them gently so they are browned on all sides.
- When all are done place them in your sauce, which should be already at a simmering point, and let them gently cook for another 15 minutes.
- At this point you can add the cooked spaghetti or just simply eat this goodness with crusty bread like a ciabatta or baguette.
- An extra dusting of parmigiano never hurts as well!