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Weeknight family meal

Feeling stuck on what to cook for your family? I am right there with you. Tonight was one of those nights and thankfully this dish was not only easy to prepare and put on the table but it had my children asking for MORE, MORE. It makes cooking a dream when that happens doesn’t it.


Whilst my children haven’t quite made spaghetti meatballs there favourite dish, this was my childhood favourite. I still have memories of visiting my Nonna’s home and she would be creating something delicious in her kitchen. As soon as you would enter into the home you could smell the cooking as her kitchen was right there. No matter the day she had or how warn out she felt she would still have a home cooked meal prepared. I totally get it now being a mama that feeling of being so warn out but still you and your family

needs are a priority to you when it comes to good food. It truly gives me so much joy inside knowing I get to make wholesome meals for my children everyday.


I do like to prepare and plan ahead with what I will cook so that I am not spending hours upon hours in the kitchen. So my biggest tip is being organised and even having half the jobs done earlier in the day, so when the afternoon rush comes you don’t feel like your chasing your tail and have never ending tasks to do. (I’m still working on this myself) some days I ace it and some days I don’t and it’s okay.



So here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it as much as we did ❤️




For the sauce

2x 680ml sauce

1 brown onion diced

1 large carrot grated

2 celery stalk chopped

Handful fresh basil

1 cup stock

3 tsp beef liver

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 paprika

Salt & pepper to taste

2 tbsp EVOO


Method


  1. In a cast iron or saucepan heat on stovetop then add in your olive oil once it’s heated add your onion to cook for 2-3 minutes or to soften.

  2. Then add in your celery cook for another 2 minutes before adding in your grated carrot.

  3. Add your sauce, basil and spices and bring to a simmer.

  4. Then add in your stock allowing it to cook for one hour. This is when you can start to roll your meatballs if you haven’t prepared them ahead of time.

  5. Once your meatballs have been cooked and sauce nicely thickened add your beef liver in last. Meatballs

500g grass fed beef mince

1 garlic clove crushed

Handful parsley chopped

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

60g grated pecorino

Pinch salt and pepper to taste

(Option to add in 1-2 tbsp gevity bone broth)


Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

  2. In a large mixing bowl add in all your ingredients then mix with your hands. Get your children involved in this part they love it.

  3. Start to roll your meatballs and line them on baking tray. I do smaller size ones but you can do larger.

  4. Drizzle olive oil and bake for 10-15 mins then place them into your simmering sauce to cook for another half hour.

  5. Whilst they are cooking boil your pasta.

  6. Once pasta is cooked, strain, mix through sauce into pasta pot.

  7. Top with sauce and meatballs with some fresh pecorino.

  8. Can serve this with a side salad or freshly made sourdough bread.


Note: you don’t have to bake your meatballs you can cook then in the sauce I would do it the last half hour. I just love the taste baked gives it.


This is a great one to have on repeat for during the week, the meatballs can be prepared ahead and frozen fresh. So all you gotta do if you haven’t prepared sauce for your freezer is just make up fresh batch sauce.


For the tired mamas who are home everyday with their babies, to the working mamas. Or even those who aren’t mamas but need some quick freezer friendly meals - this is for YOU.



Hope you enjoy it as much as my family did.




Xx








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