Spaghetti and meatballs are probably one of the most popular Italian dishes abroad… not in Italy.
Italians like to keep pasta and meat separately, at least when meat is not used to prepare the tomato sauce.It is like the Bolognese sauce that cannot be found in Bologna (Bolognese means from Bologna in Italian). In Bologna it is called ragu, so in the rest of Italy. Only abroad you can order it at a restaurant.
Meatballs are very popular and common here, so as spaghetti and, personally, I believe it’s a big loss not to eat it together. It becomes a perfect unique dish. I like to roll up my fork and catch some spaghetti and then punch half meatball with the same fork and eat it together ;-).
I prepare meatballs in a simple way, not frying them. I do not use garlic because I have problems in digesting meat with garlic together, but it is up to you. I do also avoid parsley because I believe it gives a bitter taste to meatballs, don’t know why as I use it often in many other recipes.
Just prepare the meatballs and cook them direcly inside the tomato sauce. It will enrich the sauce with the meat juice and make your meatballs very soft.
It is a perfect dish for a family lunch on Sundays, but also a healthy meal for your children and a comforting warm dish for anytime even by yourself. Enjoy :-)!
Prep. time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
300 gr of ground meat
60 gr of cooked ham
3 to 4 tbsp of milk
2 slices of sandwich loaf
3 tbsp of grated cheese + more to dress the pasta
How to prepare:
Grind the ham or cut it in very thin pieces.
Mix it with the meat, add the egg, the cheese and the bread you have previously dip into the milk and squeezed.
Add salt and mix it all well preferably using your hands or even a fork.
Create small balls using your hands and pass each one on the bread crumbs and dip into the tomato sauce.
Let them cook for 20 minutes to half an hour, in low to medium gas, stirring often to avoid attaching to the bottom of the pan.
Cook the spaghetti following the package instructions regarding cooking time.
Dress it with the metballs and tomato sauce and abundant grated Parmesan cheese.