Sunday, October 12, 2014

Easy Homemade Meatball Spaghetti

My little ones are both meat lovers, although they like veggies in general but meat dishes are always better received. Onion is a big no-no for them, both will diligently picked up any onion sliced in their dish. So I thought to add some diced onions into the meatballs without them noticing.

My trick worked, my little E loved the meatball spaghetti so much that he kept telling the daddy "I like this, it's delicious!" and he actually finished everything on his plate, including 7 meatballs that he made. He had been a great little helper in the kitchen since he turned 5yo and his involvement in the process had helped him to appreciate the food a lot better. 

I cooked up this dish without any reference, as I wanted to cook a stewed version instead of the conventional tomato sauce meatballs. These meatballs are crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside, even big guy approved of them. :)
Here's the meatball loaded serving for him. 

Mini meatballs for my little ones.

For mine, is quite a big portion too. I must confess that I'm quite a big eater. :p
(Everyone has equal portion of the green Romanies)

My little helper busy rolling meatballs and coating them with flour. Wearing the pajamas and apron made by mommy :)

So, are you ready to make some? Here's the recipe. It may look complicated due to the many herbs and spices used, but the making is really pretty simple.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serving for: 20-30 medium meatballs  
What you need:

The Ingredients:

For Meatballs
• 300gm of minced beef (lean meat)
• 1 small carrot, diced 
• 1/4 yellow onion, diced
• 2 clove garlic, diced 
• 2 tablespoon cheddar cheese, cut cubes
• 2 tablespoon bread crumbs 
• a dash of salt
• a dash of pepper
• a dash of rosemary
• a dash of black pepper or paprika powder
• 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
• 4 tablespoon all purpose flour

For Sauce
• 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 teaspoon brown sugar
• 2 tablespoon white wine (optional for little ones)
• 1 cub water or stock

The Making:

1. Place all the ingredients for meatball (except the flour) in a big bowl and mix well using a pair of chopsticks or a fork.

2. Roll the beef mixture into balls of your preferred size - we had some mini ones for the kids and medium size for the adults. 

3. Pour the flour in a clean plate, coat a layer of flour over the meatballs by rolling it over the flour. 

4. Heat up 3 table spoons or olive oil in a skillet, cook the meat ball for about 2 minutes on each side or until they turn brown. Set aside.

5. To prepare the sauce, just mix all the sauce ingredients together in a pan (sugar shall be the last), bring it to boil and toss in the cooked meatballs. Let them simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickened. 

Tips: When cooking for little ones, you may scope out the sauce and meatball before adding the wine.

6. While the saucing is cooking, prepare the spaghetti according to the instruction on the box. Should take only about 10 minutes. (I used the leftover stir fried spaghetti)
7. Pour the sauce over the spaghetti that you have prepared and serve immediately.

Bon appetite!


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