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Pork, Spinach and Mushroom Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Zucchini Ribbons

I wanted a recipe for a non-chicken dish and pork meatballs came to mind.  I’ve used mushrooms instead of breadcrumbs and the spinach adds colour and helps to keep the meatballs soft.  I also wanted to include zucchini ribbons as a replacement for pasta, so these go into the Varoma towards the end of the cooking time.

 Serves 4

Pork Spinach Mushroom Meatballs | ThermomixIngredients

3 small zucchini

Meatballs

6 mushrooms, halved

½ red onion, peeled and quartered

1 clove garlic, peeled

50g baby spinach, rinsed, dried and roughly chopped

600g lean pork mince

½ tsp dried parsley

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp dried basil

Salt and pepper to season

Tomato Sauce

1½ red onion, peeled and quartered

2 cloves garlic, peeled

20g olive oil

2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 tsp dried parsley

2 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp dried basil

20g Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp Thermomix vegetable stock concentrate

Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

1. To make the meatballs, put ½ an onion and 1 clove of garlic in the Thermomix bowl and chop with the measuring cup (MC) on for 4 seconds/Speed 5

2. Scrape down the sides of the Thermomix, add mushrooms and chop with the MC on for 8-10 seconds/Speed 3 (until there are no large pieces left in the bowl)

3. Scrape down the sides of the Thermomix, break up the pork mince and add to the bowl along with the spinach, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and mix together for 30 seconds/Speed 3; use the spatula to help mix the ingredients together

4. Make the meatballs by rolling the meat mixture between the palms of your hand and forming into balls about 3-3.5cm wide

5. Put meatballs in the Varoma on both the bowl and tray; leaving about a 1cm gap between them – set aside

6. To make the sauce, clean the Thermomix bowl and chop the remaining onion and garlic in the Thermomix for 3 seconds/Speed 5

7. Scrape down the sides of the Thermomix, add oil and sauté with the MC off for 2 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1

8. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, herbs, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce into the Thermomix and cook for 10 minutes/100C/Speed 2 with the Thermomix basket sitting on top

9. While the sauce is cooking, use a peeler to shave the zucchini into ribbons; set aside

10. After the Thermomix stops, remove the basket and put the Varoma on top and cook for 15 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Speed 2

11. Put zucchini ribbons over the meatballs in the Varoma bowl; leaving a hole in the middle to allow steam to get through to the tray

12. Reassemble the Varoma and cook for 5 minutes/Varoma/Reverse/Speed 2

13. Remove the Varoma, put the MC on and blend the sauce going slowly from Speed 1 to Speed 8 for 30 seconds

Tips and Hints

1. The cooking time for the meatballs will vary depending on the amount of fat in the mince.  If the mince has more fat in it, it will need the full 15 minutes.  If the mince is leaner, then check after 12 minutes.

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This entry was posted on February 9, 2014 by in Mains and tagged , , , , , .
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