Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti & Meatballs, as I continue my temporary housewife role , tonight I decided to try out being a proper Italian mamma and make spaghetti and meatballs, it is relaxing and calming making tiny spicy meatballs and simmering tomato sauce. Obviously I supplemented it with a glass of red wine.

Traditional Italian meatballs are made with part pork, part beef mince but I had only got beef from the butchers so to add some richness I add some blue cheese. I kept the meatballs small enough so have one in a bite of spaghetti.

You definitely need to mix the pasta with the sauce, rather than lay it over the top. This means the noodles absorb the tomato sauce , though it’s a little harder to ensure an even distribution of meatballs and trust me you will be fighting over these tasty bites.

Rather than more cheese and to add another texture, I added anchovy crumbs as a topping, heavenly , and once you have made a batch you can keep them in the freezer and heat up by frying as required


150g of beef mince
1 small onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic
50g of breadcrumbs ( 1 thick slice of bread toasted)
1/2 egg beaten
2 tbsp blue cheese
Dried Oregano
Salt and Pepper

  1. Mix together all the ingredients , if you have a food processor this is perfect
  2. Form into small balls 1cm in diameter
  3. Grill or fry the meatballs until browned
  4. Add to the tomato sauce for the last few minutes of cooking

Tomato Sauce
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
400g tinned tomatoes
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tbsp of oregano
1 tbsof of dried red chilli flakes
100ml red wine
300ml of vegetable stock

  1. Fry the onions and garlic in olive oil til softened
  2. Add the tomatoes , stock , sugar, oregano , chilli flakes & red wine
  3. Simmer for at least 25 minutes and add the meatballs for the last 5 minutes of cooking

Anchovy Crumbs
1 thick slice of bread (crumbed)
30g tin of anchovies oil included

  1. Finely chop the anchovies
  2. Fry the anchovies in the oil they came in until they dissolve
  3. add the breadcrumbs and fry until golden


  1. I’ve been craving meeatballs lately. We used to eat them a lot but last time, I accidentally defrosted some lamb kofte thinking they were beef meatballs. The combination of the spicy lamb with a tomato sauce and spaghetti just didn’t work at all and really put me off. Yours look delicious.

  2. Found your blog by chance today. Love it! Cant wait to try some of your recipes. I’m in the East Midlands also. Derby. So nice to find a food blog in England.

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