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Meatballs with Tomato Risotto

July 11, 2010 3 Comments

Meatballs… who does not love meatballs? In Australia you hear a lot about spaghetti meatballs which is not a traditional way of eating meatballs in Italy (not in Rome anyway). We generally eat meatballs alone but in the sauce we might add potatoes which is a very nice way of eating them and accompany with some cooked cabbage (which I’ll do at a later date) but in this version we serve with risotto which is made from the sauce we have cooked the meatballs in.

So what is in the…

Meatballs Ingredients

  • 500g mince – this can be a combination of beef, pork, chicken.. whatever you like but it is always better to use more than one meat as it is always tastier
  • 1 large clove of garlic (2 smaller ones)
  • 1 free range egg
  • 150g breadcrumbs or if you like your meat balls softer we generally use 2 pieces of white Italian bread
  • 50g grated Grana Padano (parmesan) please do not use the imitation parmesan… the taste will never be the same as the real thing!
  • Large handful of fresh parsley (chopped)
  • salt/pepper to taste.

The sauce how to:

You can make the sauce in a very simple way. You can just cook a small onion in a little oil until translucent and then add 2 cans of tomato (inc. salt & pepper to taste) and allow to cook a little then add meatballs. Cook covered for 30 mins or until cooked. Make sure you use a saucepan where all the meatballs can be covered by the sauce.

OR you can make it my way which requires a little more time but also more taste.

While cooking the onion cut up 2 stalks of celery and 1 small carrot and add to the onion and allow the veggies to sweet well then add 2 cans of tomatoes (inc. salt & pepper to taste) and allow to cook a little then add meatballs. Cook covered for 30 mins or until cooked. Make sure you use a saucepan where all the meatballs can be covered by the sauce.

Once meatballs are cooked remove them from the sauce and set aside.

Risotto how to:

Buy the best Italian risotto rice you can find, cook as per packet instructions. Add sauce that you cooked the meatballs in and grated parmesan (to taste). I usually add quite a bit because it adds such a beautiful flavor to the sauce and rice. Keep in mind that depending on how much rice you have cooked you might not need all the sauce. You be the judge.

Place meatballs on top of risotto and serve.

BUON APPETITO!

Meat General, Meatballs with Tomato Risotto
  • http://www.kitchenssimply.co.uk/ Kitchen cabinets

    Risotto looking good and interesting.  I surely try this tomatoes risotto tomorrow. Ingredients are also easy and so i will make it at my home.
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    • Anonymous

      Hope you enjoy cooking it.

  • http://www.kitchenssimply.co.uk/ Kitchen cabinets

    Risotto looking good and interesting.  I surely try this tomatoes risotto tomorrow. Ingredients are also easy and so i will make it at my home.
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