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Weeknight dinner: angel hair pasta with homemade meatballs

I don’t know what it is about meatballs, but they are the one thing that the kids are guaranteed to eat without complaint.  With the kids going back to school after midterm break, this is a good recipe to have on standby for dinner one evening.  It’s easy, fast and really tasty too.

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Serves 4

Ingredients

250g mushrooms

320g angel hair spaghetti (you can also use any other long thin pasta for this)

100g cherry tomatoes

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 clove of garlic, grated

100g beef mince

1 egg

1 tbsp breadcrumbs

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Fresh basil leaves and Parmesan to finish

Method

Make the blend meatballs first by blitzing the mushrooms in a food processor until finely chopped, or chop them finely by hand. Add to the minced beef with the egg and breadcrumbs, season and mix well.

Form little chickpea-sized balls by pinching off a little of the mixture and rolling in the palm of your hands. You can rub a little oil into your palms to help prevent sticking.

Heat a sauté pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the meatballs in batches until browned then remove from the pan and set aside.

Heat a large pasta pan of water and add a large pinch of salt.

When it comes to the boil, add the pasta and cook according to the pack instructions then drain and toss through with a tablespoon of olive oil

Meanwhile, add the remaining olive oil to the sauté pan with the garlic, cook for 30 seconds then add the tomatoes. Turn the heat up and toss them around the pan for a minute then add the balsamic vinegar.

Cook for another minute then gently stir in the meatballs and pasta before serving with a good grating of Parmesan and some basil leaves.

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