Persian style meatballs spaghetti

Dear friends, please do not forget this is a Persian style spaghetti so do not surprise if the method of preparation is a little bit different because In Iran we  cook pasta like cook the  rice. It means first simmer spaghetti in boiling water and then steamed. So we treat pasta like rice, it means in the process of cooking, we cover bottom of the pot with a slice of a flat bread or thinly slices of potatoes or simply plain noodles. BUT BUT BUT, at the end result is amazing and you will have tasty macaroni plus crispy bread, potatoes or noodles from bottom of the pot.

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Ingredients

  • 150 g spaghetti
  • 200 g ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 can tomato, diced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • Salt- chilli powder to taste
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Extra olive oil

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Preparation

In a bowl with ground beef, add grated onion. Season with salt- pepper, and also add turmeric and cinnamon. Mix all ingredients together well. Give small ball shapes to the meat and fry them in a pan until meatballs are brown. Then, add tomato paste to the meat balls and heat for 2 minutes and set aside.

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In a separate pan, heat the oil and saute chopped bell peppers for 5 minutes. Add diced can tomato to the bell pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes, then pour fried bell pepper and tomatoes over the meat balls, gently stir. Your sauce is ready.

Now, in a pot, bring to boil water, add some salt, 1 Tbsp oil and spaghetti. Cook it for 10 minutes then drain the spaghetti using a colander.

Now pour 3 Tbsp oil in the pot, let it hot, then lay on sliced potatoes as you see in the image, then pour par cooked spaghetti top of the potatoes and at the end pour meatballs over the spaghetti. Cover the pot with a lid and let spaghetti cook for 20minutes over medium to low heat.

Once spaghetti is cooked , you would serve spaghetti but there is surprise at the bottom of pot, yes it’s crispy fried potatoes that is called ‘ tah dig’ in Persian cuisine and it is speciality of Iranian cuisine.

Serve the dish with pesto and salad. Bon appetite

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Macaroni cheese

I love Mac and cheese . It’s very easy dish with lots of cheese sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 200g pasta
  • 150g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 medium onions
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 1tsp nutmeg powder
  • Salt- pepper to taste
  • Butter
  • Vegetable oil

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Method

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté chopped onion until they are soft. Bring the water to a boil, add pasta, pinch of salt and 1tbsp oil and cook it.

For making cheese sauce: Melt the butter in a pan, add flour and pinch of pepper and nutmeg powder. Stir 2 minutes. Then pour milk in the pan and once milk is warm, add grated cheese. Stirring for 2 minutes and remove from the heat and mix it with fried onion. Such an amazing sauce.

Mix pasta with cheese sauce and serve it.

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Chocolate eggs

It’s very easy and lots of fun to make egg chocolates at home with lots of beautiful ideas for different fillings.

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Ingredients

  • Chocolate egg shells
  • Milk chocolate, chopped
  • White chocolate, chopped
  • candy buttons
  • Dried raspberries, chopped

 

For filling

  • 1 cup soft cheese
  • ¾ cup cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup orange/ apricot jam

 

Method

I melted the chocolates over the bain Marie (basically a pan with a little bit of water in it and pieces of chocolate in a bowl on top. The Water should be high enough to touch bottom and walls of the bowl.

Once chocolate is melted, scoop 1tsp of melted chocolate and cover the mould with chocolate. For making colour chocolate, simply add some candy chocolate ( red, pink, green) or chopped raspberries to the melted white chocolate and give different colours to the chocolates.

Put them in the fridge ( 10 minutes) until to dry and set. Then for second time spoon on another layer of melted chocolate and put them in the fridge again to chill for other 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix soft cheese, cream and vanilla extract together.

After few minutes loosen them from the mould by giving small push. Trim the edges. Fill each egg with cheese-cream mixture and orange jam ( or put some smarties inside the eggs) and seal the eggs with adding some melted chocolate around the edge of egg shell..and place the other shell on top and stick together.

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