Sicilian meatballs al forno

Sicilian meatballs al forno

main courses | makes 24

Making meatballs from scratch is a great way of using under-loved, cheap cuts of meat, plus you know exactly what?s gone into them. I?ve kept the pasta simple to let those Sicilian flavours really sing.

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Put the lamb, breadcrumbs, pine nuts, lemon zest, soaked raisins and their juice, oregano, sun-dried tomatoes, most of the parsley (saving a little to serve) and half the parmesan in a bowl. Season, then mix together well.
2. With wet hands, roll and pat the mixture into 24 meatballs (the size of golf balls). Heat a splash of olive oil in a pan over a high heat, then fry them for about 5 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Set aside.
3. For the arrabiata sauce, heat a good glug of olive oil in a pan on a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, anchovies and chillies, and gently fry for a few minutes, until soft. Mix in the chopped tomatoes and cinnamon and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring every so often, or until reduced. Pour in a splash of red wine vinegar, season well, add the sugar if you think it tastes too sharp, and mix through most of the basil leaves.
4. Spoon the sauce into a 25?30cm ovenproof dish, then dot the meatballs on top, along with the torn pieces of mozzarella. Sprinkle over the remaining basil leaves and parmesan, and bake in the oven for 15?20 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
5. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to packet instructions, then drain and toss with some extra virgin olive oil and the rest of the parsley. Serve the meatballs with the pasta
? perfect with a nice crisp salad.

Per serving 841 cals, 33.3g fat (9.8g saturated), 41.5g protein, 89.7g carbs, 16g sugars


Recipe Jamie Oliver
Photo David Loftus

from Issue 37


? 500g lamb neck fillet and/or offcuts, minced in a food processor
? 100g fresh breadcrumbs
? 50g pine nuts
? Zest of 1 lemon
? 50g raisins, soaked in 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
? 1 tsp dried oregano
? bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
? 50g sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
? 50g parmesan cheese, finely grated
? Olive oil
? 120g buffalo mozzarella, torn
? 500g dried spaghetti
? Extra virgin olive oil

Arrabiata sauce
? 1 small red onion, finely chopped
? 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
? 2 anchovy fillets, chopped
? 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
? 1 small dried chilli, crumbled
? 800g tinned chopped tomatoes
? A pinch of ground cinnamon
? Red wine vinegar
? 1 tsp sugar (optional)
? bunch of basil, leaves torn

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