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NOW CLOSED: Share your best pasta recipes featuring sausage meatballs for Wall's and you could win £100 Amazon voucher!

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Jul-12 16:59:05

We've been asked by the team behind the new Wall's "Perfect for Pasta" Sausageballs to find your best recipes featuring pasta and sausageballs or meatballs.

For those of you who haven't heard of them yet, Wall's "Perfect for Pasta" Sausageballs are sausage meatballs that can be cooked in under 20 minutes and added to your family's favourite pasta dishes.

Wall's are keen to find the tastiest recipe for their sausage balls - there are already three featured on their Facebook page but they'd love to include some from Mumsnetters too.

It doesn't matter whether you've used this product already or not. We are just looking for your (or your childrens') favourite recipe featuring meatballs (could be home made or bought) - do share your top recipe and tips for using this type of product with pasta. It could be something simple like a 30 minute week day family meal or one you'd be happy to serve for a special occasion.

Please post on this thread to tell us your most favourite meal recipe that includes meatballs and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky winner will win a £100 Amazon voucher. Wall's will also include recipes on their Facebook page (MN names will not be used)

Thanks, MNHQ

JParkson Fri 27-Jul-12 15:43:20

Spaghetti & Chilli Meatballs

For the meatballs:

1x 500g low fat minced beef, (frozen and allowed to thaw enough that you can cut it into chunks with a sharp knife)
1x large onion
2 sliced brown bread
1 or 2 garlic cloves (use more if you like!)
good pinch each of dried basil, oregano and thyme
chilli flakes
salt and pepper to taste

FryLight to fry

For the sauce:

1 carton passata (approx 400g)
some more herbs, salt and pepper
some red wine, especially if it has soured slightly (optional).

Spaghetti, approx 100g per person

This feeds 4 comfortably

Start by making the meatballs...

Cut the onion into 1/4s or so, and lob into your food processor. Rip the bread into roughly the same size chunks, and pop them in too. Add the garlic, herbs, salt and pepper, and blitz till the bread and onion are quite well chopped. Cut the beef into roughly inch/2.5cm cubes, and add to the processor. Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes, and blitz again. You should have a well processed texture which is easily formed into balls.

Heat your frying pan, and spray with some FryLight. Using a teaspoon, scoop small amounts of the mixture into your hands, and roll into small balls. I usually get a good 30-40 balls from this mixture. Brown the balls in batches of 15-20 at a time (about half per batch). Keep browned balls to one side until needed.

Once the final batch has been browned DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE PAN! Pour over the passata, and make sure you rinse and use the rinse water from the carton too (I use at least 1/2 a carton of water, usually a full carton if I have no wine to add). Stir in the wine (if using) and add herbs, salt and pepper to taste. Finally, place the remaining balls into the tomato mix, and bring the sauce to a good simmer. Reduce the heat slightly once the sauce is 'pocking' away, and allow to reduce for a good 15-20 mins. It'll reduce further while you cook the spaghetti as well, but it needs this initial time to really get going.

Once the spag is done, reserve a little of the water to add to the sauce (especially if you end up with over-thickened sauce like I do!)

Plate up the spaghetti, and then dish over the meatballs and sauce making sure you get at least 2 more than everyone else

Hopezibah Fri 27-Jul-12 23:26:52

A really simple dish, full of plenty of veg, that my 6 year old son loves to help cook with me. It is one of those very flexible recipes that you can add pretty much whatever veg you have into it and it would work really well with the Wall's sausage balls.

Also works well with any type of pasta. We love it with fresh tagliatelle or tricolore pasta twists.

I cook it all in one pan and then serve with the pasta.

Fry a chopped onion
Add the Wall's sausageballs
Chop and fry (in just a little olive oil) courgette, carrots, peppers (any colour).
You don't need to but you can at this point add in any other veg you prefer (e.g. sliced mushrooms, or even frozen veg works ok like frozen sweetcorn / peas etc).
Add a tin of chopped tomatoes
Sprinkle a little dried mixed herbs.

When everything is cooked through - it is ready! Serve with your fave type of pasta and enjoy!

artifarti Sat 28-Jul-12 09:09:20

Sausage meatball ragu

Chop an onion, a carrot and a celery stalk. Crush a clove of garlic. Sweat it all in some olive oil until soft. Add a splash of red wine and reduce. Add a tablespoon of tomato paste and a tin of chopped tomatoes. Fill the tin with water and add to the pan. Add some chopped sage and rosemary and a dozen juniper berries. Add salt and pepper. Add the sausage meatballs which you have already browned in a seperate pan and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until you have a thick sauce and the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with freshly grated pecorino or parmesan.

Silverlace Sun 29-Jul-12 12:32:33

This is are really easy recipe that can be doubled to feed a crowd or freeze for another day. I have always used chopped up sausages but will try sausageballs now as it will be even easier.

Sausage and Pasta Ragout

1 tsp olive oil
500g sausage balls
1 onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper sliced
2 cloves garlic
397g tin chopped tomatoes
300ml chicken stock
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
300g penne pasta
Salt and pepper

Place the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions and fry until soft.

Add the peppers and garlic and fry for another 5 minutes.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, stock and brown sugar, bring to the boil and and gently simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is cooking fry the sausageballs in a pan (I find a wok is great for frying meatballs as you can move them around easily.)

Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions (usually 10 minutes)

When the sauce is cooked add the sausageballs, stir well and simmer for another 5 minutes. season with a little salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and serve with the sauce poured over it

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 29-Jul-12 20:32:30

Hi - thanks for all the recipes. Do look out for some on the Walls FB page soon!

Am pleased to say that tigercametotea has been selected as the winner of the £100 Amazon voucher...well done!

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