Friday 15 June 2012

Auntie Rosina's Meatballs

I have no idea who Auntie Rosina is or was and nor had Maureen Simpson when she posted this recipe in Australian House and Garden magazine back in 1996 but my goodness she knew her way around a kitchen!!!!
 Here are the recipes for both the sauce and the meatballs, add your favourite pasta and a salad perhaps and happy eating!

You'll need....

For the sauce..,

a chopped onion
1t chopped garlic
1 de-seeded and chopped chili(optional or try a splash of Tabasco type sauce)
600ml pasta sauce or as I did 2 tins of chopped tomatoes with 2T tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine
chopped or dried oregano
12 black olives
600mls of water(I only used half)

I also added a chopped carrot and celery stick.....easy enough to make;
saute the vegs in olive oil, add other ingredients and cook for around 30 minutes
I used the pressure cooker and cooked it for 5 minutes.

For the meatballs....

400-500gms of minced beef or pork or a blend
100gms chopped bacon
2 cups of soft fresh breadcrumbs
1 chopped garlic clove
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 beaten egg

Mix everything together really well and shape into walnut sized meatballs or "boulettes" as Joe calls them.
Brown them in oil in a large frypan and then simmer in the sauce for about 30minutes. You can see below how many I made...use your best bread for added nutrition,

Serve on spaghetti or whatever pasta/potatoes/polenta you fancy and sprinkle with more grated parmesan or romano cheese.

Serves 4.

Hope you're enjoying some hot comforting dinners these days Down Under...the best part of winter methinks!


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