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Spicy baked pork meatballs with arrabiata sauce and orzo pasta

Spicy Baked Pork Meatballs with Arrabiata Sauce & Orzo Pasta

Serves: 4

Cooking time: Approximately 35 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

For the meatballs:

  • 450g (1lb) Lean minced pork
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 Green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • ½ Green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 15ml (1tbsp) Olive oil
  • 400g approx. Can chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml (1/4pt) Pork stock
  • 30ml (2tbsp) Sundried tomato paste
  • Pinch chilli powder
  • 150g (5oz) Orzo pasta or mini sized pasta shapes
  • Grated parmesan to serve

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to Gas 5, 190ᵒC, 375ᵒF.
  2. Place mince, garlic and chilli in a large bowl. Mix well together and shape into 15 balls.
  3. Heat the oil in a medium sized pan. Add the onion and chilli and lightly soften. Add remaining ingredients (except pasta & parmesan) and bring to the boil. Place balls into the bottom of a family sized gratin dish. Scatter with pasta. Pour over the sauce and carefully roll balls in the sauce to cover.
  4. Cover with foil and cook for about 40 minutes, until the pasta is tender.
  5. Serve scattered with grated parmesan.

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