These meatballs have made their way into many kids' dinners for evening church and have been the key ingredient in my standby recipe for when people suddenly turn up for dinner unexpectedly, for those times when a dinner of pasta just has to get its way onto the table in a big hurry or for those moments when I was too tired to cook anything else and there was no bolognese sauce left in the freezer.
...earlier this year it seemed that every second recipe I read involved skinning sausages and using the meat therein in interesting ways. So I got to thinking, what if I exchanged the IKEA meatballs (which I admit did receive some very bad press last year, but let us not speak of such things because my family has eaten a LOT of these meatballs in the last ten years) for the contents of some Italian sausages?
...I was recently heard to say that should a meteorite come hurtling towards the planet (I do believe I have just snitched a line from the movie Julie and Julia) and we have sufficient notice to prepare and eat one last meal, it would be this, with a ridiculously large amount of freshly grated parmesan cheese and a little cracked pepper sprinkled over the top.
My "the meteorite is coming" pasta recipe
- Olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
- 1-2 teaspoons of Italian herbs
- 4-6 Italian sausages - skinned
- 1/2 cup of red cooking wine
- 700gm bottle of tomato passata
- Dried pasta - quantity and style as suits your needs
- Fry the diced onion, garlic and herbs in some olive oil.
- Add the sausage meat and fry, breaking up the meat as you go.
- Add a splash of red cooking wine.
- Add a bottle of tomato passata and simmer.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile cook up enough pasta for your situation.
- When the pasta is cooked, run it through the sauce and serve with parmesan cheese.
Now, what to do with the remaining 3kg of IKEA meatballs in the freezer...