Spaghetti & Snagballs

When it comes to making a quick meal, these "spaghetti snagballs" are awesome. Whether you need to fix a meal in a hurry because it's a week night and the kids are hanging off your leg and hungry, or you just want something that's tasty and wont take long to prepare, this is a great meal. Or you could do as I do, and take your time, put some music on, have a glass of wine.

Or you could get the kids to help by getting them to prepare the sausages, wash and pick the basil leaves, or any other helpful things they can do for you. I find they're more likely to eat something they helped cook, and it's fun all round.

It serves four in my house, that's two adults and two children, and sometimes there's a bowl left over for lunch the next day...depending on how hungry my eldest is that night.

Cast your vote for Spaghetti & Snagballs

Ingredients

  • 8 Pork Sausages
  • 1 small bunch of fresh Basil
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 x 400g tins of Tomatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Pasta
  • Parmesan Cheese

Get your sauce on the go.
Get your sauce on the go.
Start frying the snagballs.
Start frying the snagballs.
Put the pasta on to boil.
Put the pasta on to boil.
Cook all at once.
Cook all at once.
Serve with parmesan and basil
Serve with parmesan and basil

Method

Place a large pot of generously salted water on to boil and heat up a heavy based frying pan on medium/high heat.

Now grab your sausages (they don't necessarily have to be pork, they can be beef, chicken, or whatever flavoured sausage you enjoy) and squeeze out and pinch off the meat in a ball from the casing and place into a bowl. You can make them as big or small as you like, but smaller ones cook quicker.

Next, get your washed basil, about a good handful, and pick off the leaves and give them a rough chop.

Heat a medium sized saucepan on low/medium heat and pour a nice glug of the oil in there. Once this is heated (but not smoking), crush your garlic into the pan and give it a stir, making sure not to burn the garlic, you want a nice mellow taste, not that bitter taste. Once this is done, throw a few basil leaves into the hot oil and garlic and let it infuse for about 30 seconds, always stirring to make sure it doesn't burn. Now pour your 2 tins of tomatoes into the pan, stir and bring to the boil.

Place the remaining chopped basil into the saucepan with the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, and splash in about 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. Taste, and then adjust to your liking.

Your frying pan should be nice and hot by now, so pour in some olive oil and place the snagballs into the frying pan. Leave them to get nice and browned and give them a toss to cook all over.

Check the sauce, give it a stir and use your wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes. You're not looking for a smooth sauce here, this is quick, rustic, and a few chunks of tomato in there are nice.

Once you get the sauce and snagballs cooking, place your spaghetti into the salted boiling water. Bring to the boil and cook to the packet directions.

By the time the pasta is cooked, your snagballs and sauce should be ready.

Drain the pasta and divide between your bowls, place a scoop of sauce onto the pasta and toss to coat. Place a serve of the snagballs on top and pour over some more sauce. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and garnish with some more fresh basil.

Serve with either a crusty bread with lashings of butter or garlic bread, and a nice red wine to relax after that long day.


Comments 25 comments

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cartersense 5 years ago from San Francisco

Looks damn delicious, and easy! Great hub.


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rjsadowski 5 years ago

Sounds tasty and easy to make. Why do you call them snagballs?


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I was going to make spaghetti and meat balls tonight for dinner but after seeing your hub I think I will switch it to spaghetti & snagballs. Should make an interesting dinner conversation as I think the name of this dish is very funny.


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InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks guys. I hope you enjoy them. I called them snagballs because in Australia we often refer to sausages as snags.


jenubouka 5 years ago

Voted up and all,

This looks so good and easy to whip up even when you don't want to cook.

The pics are awesome, really sells the recipe and shows that simplicity is delicious


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

That looks very tasty indeed, nicely illustrated. Thanks for the info!


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

The title had me. Never occurred to me to use pork. Love basil, but never thought to pair it with sausage. Really sounds yummy.


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aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

Guess what I'm having for dinner? That looks so delicious and easy - my kinda meal ;)


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InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia Author

@jenubouka, it's definitely that kind of thing, thanks for the nice comment and the vote.

@carcro, thanks! I hope you give them a try one time.

@tirelesstraveler, using a good quality pork sausage works great, and if you want to go the extra mile, once they're cooked you can toss a tablespoon or so of freshly chopped herbs into the hot pan an toss them around to coat - thyme, rosemary, oregano, it gives the snagballs an extra boost if they're just a plain old snag.

@aboutaustralia, I hope enjoy your meal tonight :)


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

I have all those herbs in my yard and its sounds heavenly.


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scarytaff 5 years ago from South Wales

Great! The kids will love it. Thanks for the recipe.


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InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia Author

Indeed they will scarytaff, my boys love it.


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YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

Nice simple recipe. Most of the good ones are. Can't wait to try this super easy meal.


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

In Tune,

Snag balls have been a big topic at our house since I mentioned them. Do you have any idea how the name came about?


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InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks YogaKat, I hope you enjoy it!

Tirelesstraveler, I just used "snag"(balls) in place of "meat"(balls) because in Australia we often refer to sausages as snags..."I'm just gonna throw a few snags on the barbie, who's hungry?" As sausages are the meat used for the balls I combined the two names :)


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

:)My husband thanks you profusely for clarifying the name "snag" When I get to Australia I will be sure to have some snags.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I love sausage and spaghetti, but I never thought of taking the sausage out of the casing first and cooking it that way. Now I also will have a dish that Yank friends won't understand the name of until I tell them. Super hub.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Looks good, and I like the idea of the little snugballs of sausage. I imagine it cooks a lot quicker that way! We do love spaghetti for a easy and quick dinner!


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InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks Sally's Trove, and I never really thought the name would create such intrigue...but I'm pleased :)

Thanks for stopping by Stephanie, I hope you enjoy the recipe.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

That puts a twist on "throwing a shrimp on the barbie", yuk yuk. Now we'll throw "snags" on the barbie. My man will love this new name and the dish too! Chuckle. Great instructions and delicious pics. There should be a button for Yummy.


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InTuneWithCooking 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks PegCole17. I love a shrimp on the barbie as well. I hope you like the meal, and thanks for the comment :)


Derdriu 4 years ago

InTuneWithCooking, What an attractive, delicious, quick recipe for a popular meal centered on spaghetti and snagballs (snag = meat?)! In particular, I like the way you suggest getting the children involved in prepping the meal. Your serving suggestions are great, but what is the drink that you favor for your children while you and your wife are appreciating hmmm-hmmm red wine?

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu


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InTuneWithCooking 4 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks Derdriu! The snag is what we Aussies call a sausage, so yes, snag does = meat.

My eldest son prefers a cold drink of Cola (or any fizzy drink) while my youngest loves a fresh orange juice (he won't drink any fizzy drinks, says they're "too spicy", but I think he just means that the fizz is too much in his mouth LOL)


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T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Great idea. I usually cook the entire sausage in my sauce. This is a different way to serve it. Thank you for sharing.


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InTuneWithCooking 4 years ago from Australia Author

You're welcome T4an. Thanks for stopping by!

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