Spaghetti and meatballs with secret vegetable sauce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Spaghetti and meatballs with secret vegetable sauce
Loads of hidden vegetables in this family favoured dish.
 

For the meatballs

300g good quality pork sausages

500g lean beef mince

1 small onion, coarsely grated

1 carrot, finely grated

1 tbsp dried oregano

50g parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve

1 medium egg

1 tbsp olive oil

For the sauce

1 tbsp olive oil

1 courgette, coarsely grated

3 garlic cloves, finely grated

1 tbsp tomato purée

Pinch caster sugar

Splash red wine vinegar

2x 400g tins chopped tomatoes

300g cooked spaghetti

Squeeze all the sausage meat out of the sausage skins into a large bowl and add the beef mince.

Tip all the rest of the meatball ingredients, except the olive oil, into the bowl and season with black pepper then squish everything together through your hands until completely mixed.

Older children can of course help with this but make sure hands are washed before and after and no tasting!

Roll the meatball mix into balls and place them on a plate.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the courgette and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until soft.

Stir in the tomato puree, sugar and vinegar and cook for another minute then tip in the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.

Blitz the sauce using a food processor or hand blender then return to the saucepan and simmer on low.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and, brown the meatballs in batches if necessary, on all sides then add them into the sauce.

Once all of the meatballs are in the sauce, continue to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring until the meatballs are cooked through.

Serve with cooked spaghetti and

grated parmesan cheese and a few torn basil leaves if you like.

Serves
6

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Beef, Pasta & Noodles, Pork, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Family Dinners, Healthy, Kids Food

Cuisine
Italian

Level of Difficulty
Easy

This sauce can be frozen for up to 3 months once fully cooled.

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