Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pork meatballs in rich vegetable sauce

My children recently received some gorgeous pork mince in from the farmer who supplies their business with TRUE free-range pork and chickens. I adjusted a recipe from Save with Jamie to make these delicious meatballs. You can serve them over linguine, spaghetti or taglietelle or make vegetable “pasta” with a spiralizer.  Either way it is filling, aromatic and tasty.

Meatball ingredients:

2x 500g packs of Funky Chickens free range pork mince
2 rounds of feta cheese
2 free range eggs
Black pepper

Mix together and shape into balls. Fry gently in a little olive or coconut oil until brown.

Sauce ingredients:

2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic crushed
4 carrots, grated
4 celery sticks, chopped
1 jar passata
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon mixed herbs

Brown the onions and garlic gently, then add the other veg and herbs. Simmer until soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the meatballs are cooked, add them to the saucepan and then let them settle into the sauce for about 10 mins while you prepare your pasta or vegetable spirals.

Serve the meatballs on top of the pasta/spirals with a generous helping of grated parmesan.

If you do not eat pork, chicken or beef or lamb mince will work well too.


rosemaryspantry said...

Well this recipe for pork meatballs is scrumptious and I must try my hand at the recipe. What is passata and do you make it yourself ?

I was in Barrydale yesterday on my way home from an Ostrich Guest Farm Skeiding near Heidelberg.

We had lunch at the Blue Cow and I met a lady Hildegard Crous who delivers Heirloom Seeds to the shop. We chatted for a while and she gave me such good ideas and so I bought Black (brown Actually) radishes, Beetroot and Tomatoe Seeds. I can later request other seeds as and when I need them and they will be mailed. Needless to say I am thrilled !

Urban Homestead South Africa said...

What a lovely experience for you Rosemary!

I can buy a jar of "passata" for much cheaper than I can make it myself. It is basically pureed tomatoes. You can buy a can of whole peeled tomatoes and puree it yourself.