Spaghetti and Meatballs a la Jamie Oliver Posted by: | April 13, 2010
 

I made this dish yesterday night and heated it up again for dinner tonight. It still tasted “Perfect Italiano” (and I did use “Perfect Italiano” parmesan cheese for this). Perfect heat-up meal for a Monday night when I didn’t want to have any action in the kitchen. Just recuperate from the first day of the week and salvage whatever that is left of the weekend – My Sunday meal.

Rewind to Sunday… I saw Jamie Oliver making this dish on “Oliver’s Twist” and it immediately got me hooked. It’s like a very simple version of baked pasta or lasagna, which I have been wanting to make for the longest time but never have enough ingredients for. However, this dish is so simple, I had all the ingredients for it from my cupboard and fridge, except for the mozarella cheese (which costs a bomb here – 10 dollars for 120g!). Dammit. Why does Italian have to cost so much in Singapore? I demand fair trade! In fact, cheese is not the only thing that is overpriced in Singapore. Fresh fruits, vegetables etc… all remind me of the fact that it would be much cheaper for me to just eat every meal at the coffee shop opposite my house. But of course, that’s not an option ;) A friend of mine used to always say: “the only thing you should never stinge on is good quality food”. And it’s true. Why compromise on the quality that you consume into your body? Spend a little more on good, fresh ingredients and spend a little less on cosmetics & clothes. You not only will look good from within, but also feel good!

Back to my Sunday dinner. So it was one of those meals that looked like it was conjured up within 5 minutes on TV (and that’s exactly the amount of time after heavy editing). It wasn’t the case when I cooked it. Though it wasn’t challenging, it did take me a good hour to finish making it. Plus, I don’t have a kitchen that is so nicely streamlined as those on TV :(

So here it goes… A nice cosy dish for a nice cosy Sunday night (PS: I worked out earlier on Sunday so I totally deserve this cheesy dish :P):

Spaghetti and Meatballs a la Jamie Oliver (adapted from “Oliver’s Twist”)

INGREDIENTS (serves 4):

For the Meatballs:

  • 300g minced beef
  • ground cumin seeds, coriander seeds, dried oregano and dried chopped rosemary (or fresh ones if you can find) for seasoning (I didn’t want to bother follow the exact measurements for the spices, just season everything to taste, in moderation – I love that word ) – These spices give a nice kick to the meatballs in the more mellow tomato sauce.
  • 1 egg yolk
  • a handful bread crumbs (you can either blend stale bread to get this or buy the ready made bread crumbs)
  • Olive oil

For the tomato sauce:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2x400g tinned tomatoes
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 2 handful fresh basil, picked and torn
  • 100g Mozzarella cheese, broken up / sliced
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3/4 pack of Spaghetti pasta, cooked and drained

METHOD:

For the meatballs:

  1. Place your minced meat in a bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, dried oregano, cumin, coriander, chilli, rosemary and egg yolk to the minced meat and season with a good pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Mix well, and, with wet hands (so the meat doesn’t stick to your hands), roll and pat into meatballs the size and shape you want.
  2. Preheat a non stick frying pan to a very hot temperature, add 3—4 tablespoons of olive oil and add your meatballs. Fry them until they are brown all over. Lift up the pan and shake it around now and then so the meatballs are browned on all sides.
  3. Place the meatballs into a baking dish.

For the tomato sauce and spaghetti:

  1. Meanwhile fry the onion and garlic in a little oil, then add the tomatoes, rip in the Basil leaves, season and gently simmer for a few minutes. Turn the heat down and pour over the meatballs in the baking dish. Slice and break up the the mozzarella and place on top. Grate parmesan cheese to coat over, then drizzle with olive oil. Cook in the oven at 200 C/400 F for about 15—20 minutes, until the cheese is golden. Serve with the cooked and drained Spaghetti.

Doesn’t that look gorgeous! It might look like a lot, but my baking dish is quite small, so it’s just enough for another lunch box & dinner. Serve it over spaghetti and you got yourself a perfect stay-home Sunday dinner that is far from boring.

PS: I bought big South African plums this weekend. Now I’m looking for the best Plum pie to make next weekend. Stay tuned!

 

3 Responses to “Spaghetti and Meatballs a la Jamie Oliver”

  1. tienqueen says:

    yeah we need good quality food,we need to feel good and look good from within! im gonna say that to my next gf :d

  2. Phuong Do says:

    This looks awesome, really. I gonna try to make it this weekend. Is it enough to serve 2 ppl?

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