Spicy sausage spaghetti meatballs

(Serves 3/4)

Ingredients

Meatballs –

  • Pork sausages (6)
  • Dried chillis (2) or chilli flakes
  • Chilli powder
  • 1 clove chopped garlic

Sauce

  • Small white onion
  • Tomatoes – around 4 big / 15 small
  • *Optional* Fresh soft herbs (a large handful)

+ spaghetti (around 100g per person)

Method

  • Place some water in a pan for the spaghetti and bring the the boil
  • If using dried chillis in a pestle and mortar grind the chillis to crush them
  • Wet hands
  • Cut the sausages down the middle to remover the meat from the skins
  • Place in a bowl and add the chilli and garlic
  • Using your hands divide the mix into small mouth size portions, roll between your palms to make balls
  • Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan
  • Place the sausage balls in the pan one at a time
  • Leave for 2 mins until they start to form a crust on one side
  • At this point put your spaghetti in to cook
  • Turn your meatballs onto the other side
  • Put a lid on the pan and turn the heat down a little, leave to cook through for 5/8 minutes dependant on size
  • In a good mixer blend the onions, add the tomatoes and blend again
  • Add any herbs (if you wish) and blitz again for a few seconds
  • Transfer this mix to a pan, cook out for 2 minutes
  • Add the drained, cooked spaghetti + a splash of the pasta water
  • Once cooked through (cut one in half to check) add the meatballs to your saucy spaghetti mix
  • Stir gently
  • Add a final glug of olive oil
  • Season to taste + serve