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Recipe from: English_Rose
Lightly spice your pasta sauce with cinnamon and cloves — it adds a great dimension to this all-time comfort food great. To make a pasta bake, stir the meatball sauce with cooked penne pasta, tip into an ovenproof dish, then top with mozzarella and cook in the oven until bubbling and golden.
1 pound ground beef
1 red onion, grated
1 small bunch basil, chopped
2 ounces parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 ounces breadcrumbs
1 pinch chili flakes
1 garlic clove, sliced
14 ounces chopped tomatoes
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons sugar, of any kind
6½ ounces linguine, cooked to serve
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
Put the beef in a bowl with half the onion, half the basil, the parmesan, breadcrumbs and a pinch of chili flakes. Season well with salt and pepper then mix everything together and shape into small meatballs using clean hands. Heat a tablespoon olive oil in a large pan and cook the meatballs until browned all over.
Scoop out then add another tablespoon oil and cook the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon and another pinch of chili. Stir in the sugar then simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add back the meatballs and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes. Scoop out the cloves and serve with the linguini, the rest of the basil and extra parmesan if you like.