Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Homemade Meatballs Spaghetti Marinara

A success at my very first attempt and it is definiltey in my "frequent dish" list :). The meat balls are easy to make and healthier too because it doesnt include any artificial flavouring. These meatballs can be eaten as snacks as well. I tried to be a lil more creative by making them into meatball spaghetti/linguine marinara.

Ingredients (makes about 25 medium sized meatballs):

250gms minced meat (beef or pork)
1 cup chopped onion (fried)
1 egg
1 tbsp chopped parsley (I use the bottled one fr Mc Cormick)
1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
1.2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt

1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix all the ingredients and combine well.
2. Make balls out of the meat mixture and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
3. Bake in oven at 200'C for 20 minutes.

350 gms spaghetti/linguine - cooked and leave aside
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
10pcs cheery tomatoes (cut into halves)
1 big bottle of Prego Traditional Tomato Paste
5 tbsp bottle of Del Monte Tomato sauce
1 tsp sugar
Coriander leaves for garnishing

1. Heat up the wok and add in olive oil. Stir in garlic and sautee for a minute.
2. Add in the cherry tomatoes and fry for another minute or till the cherry tomatoes are half softened.
3. Pour in the Prego sauce and tomato sauce. Add in sugar as well.
4. Leave to boil and and turn off fire. Add in the baked meatballs and stir well.
5. To serve, transfer some sauce (without meatballs) out from the pot of meatball sauce and mix well with the pasta. Pour over the meatbalsl and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Garlic Honey Sauce Pork/Chicken

This is something similar to the Honey Flavoured Roasted Chicken recipe but with a tad of garlic taste for garlic lovers like me :)

Likewise, this can be served with rice or plain pasta.

Makes about 4-5 pcs chicken thighs or 1kg tenderloin pork

Honey sauce (A)
200g maltose or honey
30g rock sugar
2 slices ginger
2 tbsp hot water

Seasoning (B)
1 tbsp salt
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 tbsp chicken stock powder
1 pc preserved red fermented beancurd (tau chu) *optional*
1/4 Chinese Five Spice powder

1. Combine sauce (A) in a deep non-stick saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil or until the sauce is thoroughly melted.
3. Cut the chicken thighs into 3 large pieces from each thigh OR cut the pork into 3 long strips. Combine 3 tbsp of the cooled honey sauce with seasoning (B). Stir to mix.
4. Pat dry the meat with kitchen towel to avoid watery meat after baking. Marinate the meat for at least an hour or longer for better taste.
5.  Arranged the meat on a tray lined with baking paper (pic below).

6. Roast or grill in a preheated oven at 220'C for 25 mins. Turn over the meat occasionally applying the meat with the remaining honey sauce (A).
7. Reduce the heat to 180'C and grill for at least 20 mins or more or til meat is thoroughly cooked.

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Honey Flavoured Roasted Chicken

Absolutely love making this dish, not to mention love the taste too!
You can eat this with rice, aromatic or plain rice or even on a bed of aglio olio, which I make pretty often. I usually top up on some sauteed vege and voila, a complate meal! Just like how I make this. Just replace those spam meat with this yummy honey flavoured roasted chicken. You can get the recipe of aglio olio fom the link above.

My kids and hubby absolutely love this dish and I make it pretty often - about once in every 2 weeks :)


10 chicken wings or 4 pcs of chicken thighs (i prefer to use chicken thigh as I can avoid feeding my family the skin :) )

Seasoning (combined)
125 ml light soy sauce
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp maltose (optional) it's ok if you dont hav this in your kitchen.
2 tbsp tomato sauce (you can replace it with chilli sauce if you are cooking for adults only)
1/2 tsp pepper

1. Marinate the chicken with the combined seasoning (at least 6 hours or preferably overnight for better and stronger taste). Be sure to pat-dry the chicken before marinating to avoid wet/watery result from the baking afterwards.
2. Bake the chicken uncovered at pre heated oven at 180'C for 20 mins before turning over and bake for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
3. Serve hot with rice or spaghetti with sauteed vege on the side :)

Churned out directly from Aniston's Kitchen...