Lamb meatballs in a rich tomato sauce & spaghetti

When I was a teenager, I used to go for a meal on special occasions at an Italian called Pierre Luigi’s in West Hull. It was the most amazing Italian food I’d ever tasted. I always ordered the same dishes!

Starter was calamari on a bed of salad

Dinner was always meatballs in tomato sauce with spaghetti

Dessert was always they best tiramisu you’ve ever taste in your life

Oh and a cheeky Malibu and lemonade to wash it all down.

For many years I’ve tried to make my own version and see if I could hit the spot and make it taste as beautiful as Pierre .

With lots of failed attempts and getting the ingredient not quite right, I gave up and came to the conclusion that now that beautiful dish was just a distant memory and il only ever make what tasted like an economy versions that just never quite was upto scratch.

Now at 4 months pregnant I’m very much into the swing of random cravings and fancying all sorts of different foods, yesterday I couldn’t get Pierre’s balls out of my mouth and head 😉😂. I swear while sitting on the couch lazing about and watching the kids play Lego, my mouth was watering at the very thought of the sitting down to that beautiful meal in front of me!

I had a some lamb mince in the fridge that needed using and thought, bugger it!!!!! I’m gonna try again!!!

I sat the kids at the table with their activities and I started just chopping, preparing and chucking stuff in the pan. I raided my spice drawers and got out everything i sniffed out that would work well in this dish!

Before I knew it I had DONE IT!!!!!

Here’s what I used and how I succeeded in making the most amazing dish in the world

  • Ingredients
  • Meatballs:
    • 500g lamb mince
      1 large onion minced or finally chopped
      1 slice of stale bread (Blended)
      1/2 tsp cumin
      1/2 tsp garlic salt
      Salt and pepper
      1 tsp of ground red pepper flakes
      1 tsp oregano
      1 egg
  • Tomato sauce:
    • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
      A splash of garlic & herb passata
      1 tbsp of dried parsley
      1 cm of garlic purée
      2 chopped white onions
      1/2 tube of tomato purée
      1/2 tsp oregano (if desired)
      Salt & pepper
  • Method
  • first off in a bowl I add my minced lamb and all of the ingredients on the list and I mix and knead with my fingers until it’s all mixed in well. The more you squish it up and knead, the easier it will be to form meatballs and they will stay together without falling apart in the pan. Then pop asking and WSJ hands thoroughly,
  • Next I chops my 2 onions up and add to a pan with olive oil and I cook on a very love heat until they are beautiful and soft. While the onions are cooking I make my meat mixture into meat balls and add to a frying pan on a low heat until all the meatballs are formed and in the pan. I cook these then on a medium heat to brown them off.
  • Now add the tomatoes, passata and all the rest of the sauce ingredients in the pan with the soft onions. Bring to the boil and give it a good mix and then drop the meatballs in once they are browned.
  • Now let the full mixture simmer for around 20-40 mins depending when the meatballs are cooked to your taste.
  • Cook some spaghetti and serve with the meatballs and tomato sauce on top.
  • If this isn’t the best you’ve ever tried then I don’t know what it.
  • Absolutely beautiful.
  • Let me know if you give it a whirl and also add a decent handful of Parmesan cheese on top to add that beautiful extra taste.
  • Published by Wife of a Turkish Life

    Just a normal lass living in a beautiful city in the uk and soon to move over to Turkey. I have 3 beautiful children and a lovely Kurdish hubby from turkey. We currently live apart from our Turkish family in turkey and live in the Uk and soon to move back over to turkey for good. I love everything about my life! I absolutely adore cooking and baking, I cook a beautiful meal and dessert every night and light lunch during the day if we are hungry. I bake a lot too hence why I’m growing to the size of an elephant and find it hard to shed the lbs (ooops) I also love, shopping, socialising, date night together with the hubby when he’s home, I love make up and being and hairdresser and beautiful among others things I love everything about self presentation. At the moment I am a fully mummy to two little beauties and I love it. Please feel free to follow my blog and have a little onsite into our life. I’m just starting out so there’s much more to be added each day. Please be kind and if You don’t like my life then don’t feel the need to stick around and tell me in a nasty comment 😝.

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