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Monday 30 May 2016

Pumpkin meatballs in a red sauce

pumpkin and minced meat meatballs in tomato sauce

My son adores meatballs so I always try to invent new versions of this dish. Here is one of my family's favorite plates - pumpkin meatballs in a red sauce, loved by kids and adults. Easy to make, original and yummy. Perfect for both lunch and dinner. Bring a little of Italy to your table :-) Buon appetito!

To make pumpkin meatballs in a red sauce you need:

  • 500g (18oz) minced meat of your choice (I used minced veal)
  • 150g (5oz) pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • celery
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1,5 cup tomato sauce
  • salt, black pepper
  • oil

Wrap the bell pepper in alluminum foil and bake it at 200C/392F for 1 hour, leave it wrapped until it's completely cold and then peel it. Blend it using a food processor to get a puree. Leave it aside

Put the minced meat, half onion and pumpkin together and blend them using a food processor or a meat mincer

Add 1 egg, salt, black pepper and bread crumbs (add as much as needed to get a smooth meat mixture that keeps together)

Make a lot of meatballs of a walnut size and fry them (2 minutes for each side) in oil

Cut half onion, carrot and celery in small pieces and fry them in some oil for 5 minutes

Add tomato sauce and bell pepper puree and let the mixture boil

As soon as the sauce starts boiling put the meatballs in it, cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes over a low fire. Add some salt and black pepper

Your delicious dinner is ready :-) Thank you for the visit!

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