My grandma′s famous spaghetti meatballs

Happy Monday to everyone! Today the sun is shinning in Amsterdam, it′s super cold but I′m not complaining ; ) I hope you all had a great weekend…Mine was hardworking and rainy…At the time I′m working on a spray-paint project so that took most my attention, plus the rain didn′t help our outdoors paintings but well… Ok, enough whining! I′m bringing to you my dearest grandma′s spaghetti meat balls so take note ; )

For the meat balls:

  • 80% Minced beef
  • 20% Minced pork
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • White bread without crust
  • Milk
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh dill
  • 4 tbsp White wine

-For the sauce: (pretty basic but this is how I like it)

  • Cherry fresh tomatoes (I used about 2 plants or 30 units)
  • Tomato pure
  • 1 Onion
  • 1/2 big Fresh basil plant
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh grated carrots
  • Garlic

To prepare the meatballs, mix in a bowl the bread with the milk till it′s completely moist (there shoudn′t be excess of milk), add the olive oil and the Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and 1/4 tsp of garlic powder (if you are using around 100 gr of meat). Whisk to combine. Then, add the meat and combine again.

In a pan, fry small chopped onions with a bit of olive oil, once they start looking golden add the wine. When the alcohol evaporates remove the onions and add it to the mix in the bowl. Combine all the ingredients and finally add the dill (small chopped 3/4 tsp).


I personally don′t like frying the meatballs before adding them to the sauce, so I directly cook them inside the sauce casserole. If you are having the meatballs without pasta you can cover them in eggs, then flour and fry them in a pan with oil.

-To prepare the sauce, fry the onions, garlic and salt in a pan with virgin olive oil until golden brown, add the carrots and the cherry tomatoes. Let it cook till the juices from the tomatoes look thicker and creamier. Add the fresh basil and the tomatoes pure. Around 15″ before its done, add the meatballs.


Hope you′ll enjoy it with the people you love,

See you on my next post!


The Food Vandal




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