Casual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce | food

That’s exactly what happened – this time I was a guest in a friend’s kitchen. Fortunately, I didn’t have to run around unfamiliar stores – they brought the ingredients volt.

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

Although the dish is simple, it has a rich taste. You only need high quality ingredients. Ground beef, olive oil, free-range eggs and canned diced tomatoes are provided by “Gegi’s table“, ricotta cheese, breadcrumbs, milk, garlic, onions and greens came in.”Rimi“, and I got amazing mozzarella balls and “linguine” pasta Uzupi’s Pizzerias. Parmesan – “Gourmets of Italian taste“.

One kilogram of ground beef is enough for three to four meals. Choose fatty beef, and to make the meatballs even more tender, add ricotta cheese and some breadcrumbs after soaking in milk. An egg and some finely chopped cilantro and very finely chopped or grated onion go in there too. Only salt and black pepper are used as spices.

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

Add olive oil to a pan, peel 6-7 cloves of garlic, crush them a little or cut them in half and fry them in a pan. There we pour three cans of chopped tomatoes in their juice, add a little salt and leave it on low heat. After a while, the basil will get in there too, and if you like it hot like me, black pepper is your favorite. I chose chipotle and berry peppers.

While the sauce is lightly bubbling and thickening, form balls and press a ball of mozzarella into each. Then, you can choose to quickly pan-fry them for extra flavor, or add them to the pot right away.

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

I use a cast iron pan because it distributes the heat evenly and can be placed directly in the oven when we want a slightly browned top. So, we put the meatballs in a pot, pour the sauce (first we remove the basil and garlic from it – they have already done their job) almost to the top of the meatballs (the meatballs shrink a little while cooking and the sauce covers them – and at the same time, you cook them more No need to wait time) and let it boil for about 20 minutes.

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

When the time is up, we change the water for pasta in another pot – I really like “linguine” pasta, but you can also choose spaghetti or any long pasta you like – and we turn on the oven, 180° is enough. While the pasta is boiling, remove the pot from the oven, remove the lid, sprinkle with Parmesan and put in the oven for ten minutes. Just in time, the pasta is cooked.

And then we put pasta on plates, put meatballs on top, cover with sauce, sprinkle with grated Parmesan (I recommend you grate it yourself to preserve as much flavor as possible) and wish each other a good appetite.

Delicious!

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

Photo Alexandros Kovgankas/Unusual Dishes: Meatballs with Mozzarella Cheese in Marinara Sauce

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