Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spaghetti

Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spaghetti

Serves: 8

cooking spray
1 kilogram lean minced pork
2 onions, finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 zucchini, grated
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 teaspoon crushed chilli or sambal oelek
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 brown onion, finely diced, additional
2 cans diced tomatoes 
2 cup water
1 tablespoon white sugar
freshly ground black pepper
spaghetti or pasta of your choice grated
Parmesan Cheese, for serving
dried chilli flakes, optional

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.  

Line a large baking tray with baking paper.  Spray with cooking spray.

Place pork, onions, carrots, zucchini, garlic, chilli paste, tomato paste, pepper, thyme, parsley and paprika in a very large bowl.  Mix, using your hands, until well combined.  Shape pork mixture into 48 evenly sized meatballs.  

Place meatballs on a baking tray in a single layer.  Bake in oven for 30 or until browned, turning several times during cooking.

Meanwhile spray a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened. Add tomatoes, water and sugar. Season with salt black pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring, reduce heat to a simmer. 

 Remove meatballs from oven and add to the tomato mixture carefully.  Stir gently to mix through and simmer until thickened and liquid has slightly reduced, stirring occasionally. 

 While sauce is simmering, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook spaghetti or pasta as per the directions on the packet.  Drain. 

 Serve spaghetti or pasta topped with the meatballs and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and additional chilli flakes, if desired.