2 Feb 2017

MEATBALL PASTA BAKE


Some nights you just need an easy meal to get through the last few hours of a busy day, and usually in our house that means pasta. Insert eye roll here. Not exactly the healthiest of choices, but I feel that if you keep it a sometime food and tomato based, then it cant really be all that bad. Can it ?

Last night we smashed a Meatball Pasta Bake, and it was so well received with my family of hungry men, I thought that I would share it with you guys.

Meatball Pasta Bake 


Meatballs - 300 g of lamb mince                        
                   500 g of lean beef mince
                   1 egg
                   1/2 cup bread crumbs
                   1 tsp of chili powder

Sauce -       1 large onion diced
                   4 cloves crushed garlic
                   a large jar of chunky tomato pasta sauce
                   1/2 cup of water

                   olive oil
                   grated cheese
                   packet of penne pasta cooked as per packet instructions


* To prepare meatballs mix the mince, egg, bread crumbs and chili powder in a large bowl then    
    then form mixture into small balls.
    In a heavy based pan, heat the olive oil and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove and set  
    aside.

* To make the sauce in the same pan, add the onion and garlic and cook until onion is soft. Return
   the meatballs to the pan and add the pasta sauce and water. Bring to the boil then simmer for fifteen
   minutes. While the sauce is simmering cook and drain the pasta as per instructions on the packet.
 
   Stir the pasta through the meatballs and sauce gently. Top with grated cheese and bake for ten
   minutes.

Easy to make and delicious to eat, this dish is one you will make again and again on those busy nights when all you want to do is nothing. Believe me, I get it.

Enjoy

beck xx

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