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Italian Meatballs And Fettuccine

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Italian Meatballs And Fettuccine
Tasty Italian meatballs and fettuccine

Packed full of flavour and easier than you think, this budget friendly recipe is a new family favourite. The meatballs are flavour bombs with herbs, cheese and garlic and are a perfect match with the tasty sauce. Have fun rolling the meatballs with your family. This recipe can also be made ahead or doubled for moorish leftovers.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
For the Italian Meatballs
500 g beef mince 
3 cloves of garlic, crushed (exclude for low FODMAP)
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp thyme
2 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, finely cut
Salt and pepper, to season
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (gluten free if required)
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated finely (or lactose free cheese if required)
2 tbsp oil
1 egg, beaten

For the sauce
2 cloves of garlic, crushed (exclude for low FODMAP)
1 small onion, diced finely (exclude for low FODMAP)
400 g can crushed tomatoes
5 large tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (gluten free, if required)
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil 
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper, to taste

To serve
1 packet fettuccine (gluten free if required)
Salted water, boiled 
1 cup cheese, grated (lactose free if required)

Method
To make the meatballs
Place baking paper on a large baking tray (or other large flat surface).
Place the mince, 2 cloves of garlic, oregano, basil, parsley and salt and pepper in a bowl.  Use your fingertips to mix until well combined. 
Add the breadcrumbs and cheese to the mince mixture and use your fingertips to combine.
Add 1 tbsp oil and the egg to the meat mixture and combine using your finger tips.

Roll the meatballs into 3cm balls and place on a baking tray.



Italian Meatballs And Fettuccine rolling the balls
Rolling the meatballs

Put a saucepan on medium heat, add the oil and sauté the remaining 1 clove of garlic for 1 minute until slightly caramelised. 
Add the meatballs and fry for 2-3 minutes, until brown.
Transfer the meatballs to a baking dish, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to make the sauce.

Italian Meatballs And Fettuccine Montage
The meatballs can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator before or after they are cooked

To make the sauce
Put a large saucepan on medium heat, add the oil and sauté the garlic for 1 minute. 
Add the can and fresh tomatoes to the saucepan, and stir to combine for 1 minute.  
Add the oregano, basil, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper, stir to combine. Bring the saucepan to the boil for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.

To serve
Place the meatballs in the pasta sauce and use a spoon to gently stir, evenly coating the meatballs with the pasta sauce.
Simmer the meatballs and sauce for 10 minutes or until the meatballs are heated through if they have been prepared ahead.



Italian Meatballs And Fettuccine rolling the balls
The meatballs will hold their shape as you cook them in the sauce

In the meantime, while the meatballs and sauce are simmering, cook the fettuccine in boiling salty water for 1 minute less than the packet instructions. Strain the fettuccine.
Either place the fettuccine directly onto warm serving bowls or mix into the meatball and pasta sauce using large spoons and place in a large warm bowl to serve.
Serve with grated cheese. Enjoy.



Italian Meatballs And Fettuccine with cheese
Moorish Italian meatballs with fettuccine and cheese

Tips
Make the meatballs ahead and refrigerate until you are ready to cook the sauce.
Double the ingredients and refrigerate or freeze the leftovers.

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Categories
#Italian
#Meatballs
#Fettuccinne
#Pasta
#Herbs
#Cheese
#Dinner
#Easy
#Family
#Kids
#Make ahead
#Low FODMAP
#Gluten free
#Lactose free
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