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Herb meatballs in tomato sauce with rice
( 2 adults and 2 kids )
- wholegrain rice
- 2 onion
- 1 clovegarlic
- 1 bunchfresh basil
- 500 gramspork mince
- 1 egg
- 25 gramsbreadcrumbs
- 2 tspsalt
- 100 mlmilk
- 0.5 tbsppaprika
- 70 gramstomato purée
- 1 canchopped tomatoes
- 0.25 tbspdried oregano
- 100 mlwater
- 0.5 cucumber
- 300 gramscarrots*
- olive oil
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About the recipe
Easy and delicious meatballs with fresh basil in a quick tomato sauce. Yum! We're serving the lot with rice and snack veggies. Enjoy!
1. Cook the rice according to the packet.
2. Finely chop onion, garlic and basil with a knife or in a mini chopper and split into two piles.
3. Now mix the mince with half of the onion/basil mix along with egg, breadcrumbs, salt and milk. We suggest using your hands, that's usually easier. You want the farce to have the consistency of thick porridge.
4. Wet your hands with water and shape small meatballs the size of golf balls. We recommend cooking a test-ball to check if the seasoning is how the kids like it! Remember to always wash hands and utensils after handling raw meat.
5. Cook the meatballs in a deep pan in some olive oil. You don't want to cook them all the way through, just get a good sear on them. Remove from the pan and set aside - don't clean the pan.
6. Cook the remaining half of the onion/basil mix in a dash of olive oil along with the paprika on the pan. Add tomato purée, chopped tomatoes, dried oregano or thyme and water and stir well. Now carefully place the meatballs into the tomato sauce and bring to the boil. Remember to pop a lid or some tin foil on, as tomato sauce tends to sputter in the not so fun way - especially if you're wearing a white shirt that you like!
7. Let meatballs and sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
8. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper, and serve the yummy meatballs with rice, and carrots and cucumber cut into sticks for snack veggies.
Tasks for kids in the family: Let your kids help shape the meatballs and taste test. They can also cut carrots and cucumber for snack veggies.