Pork & Apple Meatballs with Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce
Preparation – 5 minutes Cooking Time – 20 minutes Total Time – 30 minutes Ingredients 450g/1lb pork mince 1 small apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped 1 small garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp olive oil Salt & Pepper 250g spaghetti or pasta, to serve For the sauce 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 400g can chopped tomato 200g mascarpone cheese Method Put the pork mince in a bowl and stir in the apple, garlic and some salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 24 balls, place on a greased baking tray, and chill in the refrigerator for 10 mins. Once chilled, place in a pre-heated oven at 180 deg C, and bake for 20 minutes While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion. Cook until softened, around 2-3 mins, then pour in the tomatoes. Simmer for 15 mins, to reduce the liquid to approximately half. Using a hand-held blender, blend the tomato sauce until smooth, then add the mascarpone cheese and stir it in. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti/pasta following pack instructions, drain, and add the sauce. Gently mix the sauce in, to coat the pasta, then divide between your serving plates. Top with the meatballs and grate a little fresh parmesan cheese over the top. Serve with some garlic bread.
What a great idea! Everyone knows pork and fruits marry well together, but how genius to make meatballs with the pair! Love the mascarpone sauce.
Perfect starter before your meal.