Farmer Joe’s Meatballs with Spaghetti
Farmer Joe’s Meatballs with Spaghetti

Farmer Joe’s Meatballs with Spaghetti Scrumptious beef meatballs with spaghetti - delicious, versatile and ready in just 30 minutes!

  • 350g 100% Organic Irish Minced Beef
  • 100g Minced Pork
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 150g breadcrumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablesp. olive oil plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablesp. tomato purée 500ml bottle passata (Italian sieved tomatoes)
  • 500g spaghetti
  • 25g mature hard cheese, finely grated (optional)
  1. Place the minced beef and pork in a bowl with the egg, parsley and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper and using your hands give everything a good mix.
  2. Using slightly damp hands, make about 18-20 even-sized balls. Arrange on a flat baking sheet, drizzle over a little olive oil to lightly coat and chill for an hour if time allows.
  3. Heat half the olive oil in a large pan and sauté the onion and celery for about 5 minutes until lightly golden. Stir in the garlic and chilli, if using, and cook for another minute, stirring. Add the tomato purée and passata and simmer for a few minutes until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat the rest of the olive oil in a deep-sided frying pan and cook the meatballs for 5-6 minutes until almost cooked through and nicely browned. Pour in the sauce and simmer gently for another 8-10 minutes until reduced and thickened.
  5. Meanwhile, plunge the spaghetti into a large pan of boiling salted water and simmer for 8-10 minutes until tender but still with a little bite, as the Italians say ‘al dente’. Drain well and return to the pan and then add a few ladlefuls of the tomato sauce to coat.
  6. Divide among pasta bowls and spoon the meatballs with the rest of the tomato sauce on top. Scatter over the cheese and a little chopped parsley.
  7. Serving Suggestions – serve with a big bowl of green salad and garlic bread.