Cooking in a Caravan: Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Rustle up this easy, classic comfort food recipe for a family-pleasing feast in your caravan
All cooking is done in the superb Bailey Unicorn Barcelona IV
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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
"This is my favourite recipe in this season's comfort food series. I love the simplicity of this dish."
- 400g mince beef
- 1 tablespoon fresh
- flat parsley
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 100g mozzarella chopped (or use tiny balls of mozzarella to save wrestling with the large ones)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
First make the meatballs by mixing the mince and the finely chopped parsley in a bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Wet your hands and make the meatballs simply by rolling them around in your hands. 400g of mince should make about nine or 10 — you don't want them big.
Heat some oil in a pan and then gently fry the meatballs, making sure they keep their shape. It should take about two or three minutes on each side. When they are nicely brown on all sides, take them out of the pan and leave them to one side while you make the sauce.
Using the same pan, because it has the lovely meat juices, gently fry the onion. When the onions have become glassy, stir in the garlic and oregano. Then add the tin of tomatoes, and bring up the heat until the tomatoes are gently simmering. Add the mozzarella, and let the cheese melt into the sauce. Finally, put the meatballs back into the pan and heat them up with the sauce.
Serve immediately, spooning the sauce over the meatballs. You will have fun with the lovely strings of mozzarella. You can serve with pasta, rice or just a tasty green salad and French bread.