Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs by Rachael Ray

Sorry for the delay in posting, my Picnik decided to play up for a few days, so I've been unable to edit the pics. But here we go, the final meal.

Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs by Rachael Ray

Spaghetti with Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs by Rachael Ray

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

1/2 cup milk or water

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, 2 smashed and 1 chopped

Two 400g cans crushed tomatoes


500g minced beef

2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

flat leafed parsley

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving

1 large egg

mozzarella cheese, cut into 20 (1/2-inch) cubes

500g spaghetti



1.In a medium bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the milk.

2.In a large, wide saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the smashed garlic and cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, season to taste with salt and let the sauce simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally.


3.Add the beef, chopped garlic, parsley, Parmigiano-Reggiano, egg and 1 teaspoon of salt to the soaked bread crumbs and stir with a fork until combined. Place about 2 tablespoons of the mixture in your hand and press a mozzarella cube into the center. Shape the meat around the cheese, forming a ball. Repeat with the remaining meat and mozzarella.

meatball mix

4.Stir the sauce and raise the heat to medium- low. Carefully place the meatballs in the sauce, submerging them completely. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook without stirring for 20 minutes.

5.Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti, cook until al dente, about 8 minutes, and drain. Toss the spaghetti with the tomato sauce and meatballs, sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve.

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So, the boss was a bit...'meh' about this one, as he's not the biggest pasta fan. But he did appreciate the flavours and it filled him up. Frankly, I would have eaten it...YUM.

So here is his line up, 1 being his fave.

1. Ramsay's steak and hollandaise (we cooked it again for him on the weekend)
2. Jamie's *posh* ham chicken
3. Nigella's pork and mustard sauce...(he would have liked better if the meat was off the bone)
4. Rachael Ray's meatballs
5. Jo Seagar's chicken wraps.


mrscownz said...

oooohhh yummmm. That looks great. Well done Kyla.

Karen said...

I have seen a couple of versions of this recipe, and every time I do, I wish yet again that I'd tried it before going vegetarian. Delicious!!

Karen said...

And I really like Kyla's new do!

Hay said...

Thanks guys :)
I know Karen, me too!

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