Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Cheatballs and Spaghetti

This is a really cheap and delicious version of meatballs with spaghetti.  It is also super easy... hence 'cheat' balls!  You can make them without the soy sauce and vinegar, but this makes them as tender and rich as the best meatballs I ever had. 

Serves 6

1 pack of Asda's Lincolnshire sausage mix or similar (or around 500g made up sausage)
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. rapeseed oil
600ml tomato sauce - homemade or bought
100g cheese, optional (we used Tesco's own brand.)
400g spaghetti, cooked and tossed with a knob of butter (we use Pure), a wee pinch of salt and black pepper

Make up sausage mix by stirring in the soy sauce and vinegar with the water as per packet instructions.  After the 10 minutes standing time, roll the mixture into balls and place on a baking tray.  Toss the meatballs lightly in the oil.  Bake at 180C for 20 minutes.  Pour the tomato sauce over the cheatballs and cook for another 10 minutes.  If you like, you can lie sliced cheese over the meatballs and sauce for the last 5-10 minutes too.  Serve over spaghetti with a green vegetable (frozen ones such as green beans, peas or broad beans can be placed in a lidded casserole in the oven with the cheatballs to defrost and cook alongside, saving extra prep and power.)

This is a gorgeous meal under £2 for everyone.

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