Meatballs in a homemade tomato sauce.

Make the meatballs and pop them into the fridge while you prepare the tomato sauce.

Make the meatballs and pop them into the fridge while you prepare the tomato sauce.

When Niki had the Greek Restaurant we used to make a date every week to get together and watch an episode of Nigella Lawson and have a family meal together, normally a roast chicken with all the trimmings. Well, we still get together and have our meals these days, but the recipes we liked on Nigella still remain in use (with our own adaptions of course). One of my families favourites is this meatball in a homemade tomato sauce recipe.

Meatballs:
*500g lean steak mince
*10ml oreganum (I prefer the fresh oreganum)
*45ml fine parmesan cheese
*1 egg
*45ml semolina
*10ml crushed garlic
*1 large finely diced onion
*salt and pepper to taste
*I sometimes add finely diced sweet red pepper

-mix the onion, garlic, herbs, parmesan and semolina in a large mixing bowl.
-blend the egg into the mixture.
-add the salt and pepper and mix through.
-mix the mince well into the mixture until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
-roll into teaspoon size balls and chill on a plate in the fridge, while you prepare the tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce
*1 large finely diced onion
*10ml crushed garlic
*10ml fresh chopped oreganum
*olive oil
*cube of butter
*800g tin of whole peeled or italian tomatoes
*small tin of tomato paste
*10ml worcester sauce
*15ml sugar
*100ml full cream milk
*250ml water
*salt and pepper to taste

-Saute onion, oreganum and garlic in the olive oil and butter. When the onions are transluscent add the tomato paste.
-Puree the tomatoes and add, together with the worcester sauce, sugar, water, salt and pepper.
-Simmer for 10 minutes and then add the milk.
-Add the meatballs, making sure that they are covered in the sauce, and simmer for a further 20 minutes.
-While this is simmering put the pasta on to boil.

Serving suggestion: sprinkle parmesan and freshly ground black pepper on top of pasta and meatball sauce serving.

Meatballs in a homemade tomato sauce wih grated parmesan cheese on top.

Meatballs in a homemade tomato sauce wih grated parmesan cheese on top.

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5 thoughts on “Meatballs in a homemade tomato sauce.

  1. These look delicious. I make a really good Tyler Florence meatball recipe that is baked in the oven, also in a homemade tomato sauce. Love this kind of food. Haven’t made it for a while, this inspires me to do it! Sorry I have been so scarce, major internet problems…well actually telephone line problems. I think you might have left the milk out of your sauce ingredients 😉 Lots of love and happy May day xxxx

    • Hello my friend! Good to hear from you again. I had wondered what had happened to you. Seems Murphy has been very busy with our phones, computers etc. We really love this recipe as a family and it really is even better eaten cold or slightly warmed, the day after it was made, on a sandwich. (Secret tip) Thank you for pointing out about the milk. I have amended it. That’s where another pair of eyes comes in so handy. Please send love to all in CT and most of all big hugs and kisses to you! Xxx

  2. Harold J. Rodriguez

    The canned tomatoes might make it a bit tart. I have always had good success with tomato sauce and canned tomatoes. I would make it with one 16 ounce can tomato sauce. Here’s how I would start my sauce: Saute the onions and garlic in butter or olive oil until fragrant and tender. Stir in the tomato sauce and drain the canned tomatoes; breaking up large chunks into smaller ones. Add 1 tsp of oregano and basil. Cook until bubbly on medium heat then turn down to simmer and cook until noodles are done. Enjoy!

    • The reason I add the sugar is to take the sharpness off the canned tomatoes, but generally I find that using an Italian canned tomato works well. Canned tomatoes as a whole can be quite acidic, I do agree. Thank you for your comment.

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