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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Beef meatballs and pasta at 500 calories!


BEEF MEATBALLS AND TOMATO SAUCE
Ingredients - serves 4
 400g lean beef mince
2 large onions - chopped
garlic
large tin of chopped tomatoes
herbs - basil, thyme and rosemary (use dried if you wish)
tbsp tomato puree
salt and pepper
sugar or honey to sweeten to taste
breadcrumbs and egg (if using)
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FOR THE MEATBALLS
Place the meat in a bowl and add one finely chopped onion, garlic and salt/pepper. Season well with salt and pepper, then KNEAD with your hands until the mixture starts sticking together (stretching the proteins).
TIP: If the meat needs to go further - unexpected guests maybe - then just add some breadcrumbs. If you do this you'll probably have to add a little egg to bind the mixture.  Serve with your favourite pasta topped with some tasty cheese. A strong cheese such as parmesan will give you lots of flavour without too many calories!  
FOR THE SAUCE
Sauté a large onion, add garlic and cook for a minute. Add a large tin of chopped tomatoes and heat through. We used some herbs to flavour - and chose what we had available. We added basil, thyme and rosemary.  Dried herbs are fine too.  Finally add a spoonful of tomato puree and some salt and pepper.  After slowly simmering this mixture so the water would evaporate, we ended up with a thick, rich and tasty sauce - without fat.  Depending on the tinned tomatoes you use you may fin you need to add a very small amount of honey or sugar. Add this sparingly and keep tasting.
We estimate this dish at around 500 calories.
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