Cook a delicious meatball spaghetti in just under 20 minutes

By on February 22, 2016

There are so many versions of meatball spaghetti that both adults and kids love. But did you know that by spicing up your meatball pasta with some uncommon ingredients, you could turn this simple dish into a gourmet delight in just under 20 minutes? The good news is these ingredients are available at your local grocery except for harissa, a North African chili paste which is sold at Nissin supermarket. Nissin sells both in tube and jar but get the one sold in jars. Not only does the smokey flavor give a kick to meat dishes, this wonderful condiment also enhances the colour of food.  Enjoy!


500 grams 100% beef hamburger patties
400 grams dried spaghetti (cooking time: 7-minute pack)
1 large onion, minced
1 tsp. garlic paste
1 large fresh tomato, cubed
1/2 can tomato sauce
3 pcs. bay leaves
Sea salt
parmesan cheese
500 grams hamburger patties
1 Knorr beef cube
Pasta and pizza powder
Hamburger steak powder
Extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of harissa paste (sold at Nissin supermarket)
1 cup water

Method of preparation
IMG_20160222_2147311. Shape the hamburger patties in big balls.
2. On a large saucepan, pour a good amount of extra virgin olive oil and fry the meatballs in medium heat until half-cooked. Transfer to a dish.
3. Add olive oil to the saucepan and saute the onions in high heat until brown. Add garlic, tomatoes and tomato sauce.
4. Next, add the partially cooked meatballs, beef cube, bay leaves and add water. Cover the pan and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes. Reduce the heat.
5. Boil pasta according to package instruction.
6. Add harissa, hamburger powder, pasta and pizza powder, salt and pepper to the sauce. Stir gently so as not to break the meat balls. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
7. Put pasta in a deep bowl and pour meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve hot.

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