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Italian Meatball Recipe - How to make Tomato and Onion with Basil Italian Meatballs

Updated on March 8, 2011

Italian Meatball Recipe

Deciding to cook an original Italian Recipe is the greatest and funest part of being in the kitchen. My favorite has to be the Italian Meatball Recipe. I love to make tomato based sauces.

Building the perfect Italian Meatball is pretty much the same as a hamburger patty, except for the way in which you use an italian flair to your recipe and incorporate spices.

I have to say that basil in my favorite ingredient to draw added taste and aroma form an italian pasta dish. The raw pungent aroma of Basil is integral in bringing the mince to life.

The tomato and onion part of the sauce is more to dress the pasta than bring out the meatball flavor. Please enjoy this simple recipe and make your own italian homemade meatball meal with a hint of basil to step it up a level form the traditional form of the meatball recipe. 

Fresh or flaked basil will work in your italian meatball recipe

Preparation and cooking times

 The Italina Meatball recipe below will serve 4 persons generously and will only take 5 minutes to prepare.You will be able to cook and serve in 60 minutes.

Italian Meatball Recipe Ingredients

  • A sachet of instant homestyle meatball sauce.
  • 100ml water. tap temperature.
  • 500grams of lean mince.
  • An onion.
  • A handful of fresh basil or two table spoons of basil flakes.
  • Oil for frying.Sunflower or olive oil is best.
  • A tin of tomato and onion mix.
  • 100 ml of beef stock.
  • 125 ml of grated parmesan cheese.
  • 500 grams of Sphagetti or Tagliatelle pasta.

Want to go the whole hog and make your own pasta for your Italian Meatballs

How to make Italian style meatballs

  1. Add the 100 ml of water and the contents of the meatball sauce sachet into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.Note that only 100 ml is needed, do not use the sachet instructions.
  2. Add the mince, the chopped onion and the basil to the same bowl and mix it thoroughly with a dinner fork.
  3. Place your pasta in a pot of boiling water and cook the pasta to your liking.
  4. You now how your meatball mixture ready for frying or baking. If you decide to bake the meatballs, turn your oven onto bake at 180 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes each side turning halfway through. Look for a golden brown color. Do not burn them.
  5. Now shape your mixture into meatballs about the size of a golf ball and place them on a plate ready to use.
  6. If you are going to fry your meatballs, you can add some chopped garlic to the oil if you wish to add flavor. The frying pan shuld be on a medium heat and should have about a centimetre or quarter inch of oil in .
  7. Place your meatballs in the hot oil and turn as needed until golden brown on all sides.
  8. Once you have cooked all of your meatballs, place them into an oven baking dish and cover them in the beef stock and tomato and onion mix from the tin. The idea is that by cooking them first, you will be able to seal the flavor in. The baking process will now moisten them again and draw in the sauce. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Once your pasta is cooked, you can dish the meatballs and some of the sauce onto the pasta and sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese over for added flavor and presentation.
  10. Go and enjoy.

Alternative ways to serve meatballs

 Italian meatballs are fine on their own with some fine italian breads or by using a basic margarita pizza base to accompany the meatballs. 

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