Monday, May 18, 2009
Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Meatballs
Who has never seen the scene from the Disney movie "Ladie and the Tramp" with the spaghetti and meatballs dish that made sparkle the love between the two dogs?
Well, i always wanted to prepare that dish, also because when I was a child my requests for it were always vetoed by my tuscan father who was horrified at the tought to use that sauce on spaghetti.
But in the end one has to fullfill his childish whishes and so I searched again and again until I found this recipe from Abruzzi that isn't banal at all, actually it's really tasty, and finally gives some dignity to this mistreated dish.
Ingredients for approximately 4 persons: 1 lb. fresh spaghetti alla chitarra, ½ lb. ground beef, ½ lb. ground pork, 1 egg, ⅓ lb. stale bread, 2 tablespoons of grated pecorino cheese, 1 tablespoons of raisins, 1 tablespoons of pinenuts, 2½ cups of peeled tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of parsley, some basil leaves, 1 garlic clove, 1 onion, milk, salt, pepper.
Preparation: prepare a sauce with the tomatoes, minced onion, basil and some salt and pepper and put it on a low heat until it condensed a bit. Soften then the stale bread using some milk and put the raisins into lukewarm water. Put into a bowl meat, bread, raisins, pinenuts, pecorino cheese, egg, parsley and the garlic (previously minced) and some pinches of salt. Knead the dough with the hands until it is well mixed up, then shape some balls from it and put them to fry in copious boiling oil. Put the balls into the sauce and let them cook together on a low heat for a couple of minutes so to flavour them. Cook the spaghetti in some stock, strain them and put them in a pan with sauce and the meatballs and cook all on a low heat for another couple of minutes.