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‘Spaghetti’ and Pesto Meatballs

  • 100 grams arugula leaves (rocket)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 100 grams walnuts
  • 40 grams parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500 grams ground pork
  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 60 grams almond flour
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 75 grams red pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    Pesto Meatballs
  1. Preheat oven to 200*C.

  2. First make your meatballs, because there will be a ton of them (32!) and you don't need all of them in the sauce for a meal for 2.

  3. Make the arugula (rocket) pesto in a food processor by combining arugula, garlic, walnuts, fennel seeds and parmesan. Process for a bit and then add the olive oil. This pesto was very dry - if I were making normal pesto I would have added more olive oil, but because it was being added to meatballs, I didn't want to put too much olive in there.

  4. In a big bowl, mix up the ground meats (you can substitute whatever type of ground meat you have on hand here, in whatever combination). Then add the almond flour and pesto mixture and combine well. Get your hands dirty here!

  5. Form into balls. They were about 1 inch in diameter each (40g). I made 32. Phew!

  6. Put them on a baking tray lined with parchment (to save on washing up) and bake for about 40 minutes. The parmesan leeks out of here and makes really nice crispy parmesan crisps. Well, it did for me!

    While they are baking, you can make the sauce.

  7. Sauce
  8. Sweat the chopped onions and garlic in a teaspoon of olive oil in a frying pan. Add the chopped red peppers and cook for a bit longer.

  9. Add the can of chopped tomatoes, basil and tomato puree. Simmer for a bit longer and then add the balsamic vinegar.

  10. When the meatballs are cooked, throw about 8 of these into the sauce and cooked for a big longer - depending on if they are cool or need heating up.

  11. Serve over sauerkraut. Honest.