Mediterranean meatballs with pasta

  • 07/08/2013
  • Moderate difficulty
  • 6
  • 40 min

The decorative meatballs flavoured with Mediterranean spices will attract even the most demanding guests, and combined with pasta it will be an ideal lunch for little swimmers during the summer months.

Ingredients

  • 500 g minced meat (veal and pork)
  • 2 teaspoons Vegeta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500 ml tomato puree
  • 150 ml dry white wine
  • 400 g penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Preparation

  1. 1.
    Cook the pasta in water seasoned with salt, cool it under cold running water and drain.
  2. 2.
    Add Vegeta and ½ teaspoon salt to the meat and mix well all ingredients. Shape the mixture into medium sized balls.
  3. 3.
    Put olive oil in large well heated skillet, add the prepared meatballs and fry them for ca. 5 minutes or until becoming nice golden colour.
  4. 4.
    While baking the meatballs do not turn them by hand, just shake the pan.
  5. 5.
    Add tomato puree, white wine, ½ teaspoon salt and bring it to boil then cook for about 6-7 minutes on a medium-high heat.
  6. 6.
    Add chopped parsley, boiled pasta, stir well all together and serve.

Advice

If the sauce has a mildly bitter taste, add some sugar.

Energy and nutritive values

Energy and nutritive values are calculated for one serving (i.e. for 1 person). If it is a dessert, energy and nutritive values have been calculated for 100 g.

Nutrient Unit of measure Amount F rda (%) M rda (%)
Energy values kcal / kJ 321 / 1.342 - -
Fat g 13,96 - -
Carbohydrates g 24,99 - -
Dietary fibre g 4,85 - -
Protein g 22,37 - -
Salt g 3,17 0 0
Vitamin A μg 2.550,33 64 51
Vitamin D μg 10,00 5 5
Niacin mg 13,44 96 67
Pantothenic acid mg 1,80 26 26
Potassium mg 1.286,65 35 35
Calcium mg 74,26 7 7
Phosphorous mg 246,01 31 31

* RDA is based on daily allowances for women of 2000 kcal, and for men of 2900 kcal at the age of 25 to 50. (Source: DRI reports - Macronutrients, Elements, Vitamins, www.nap.edu; Genesis R&D and Podravka d.d.)