Heart Shaped Meatballs for Valentine’s Day
Heart Shaped Meatballs are a cute and delicious way to turn a simple pasta dish into a romantic meal for two. They are easy to make by hand and look lovely.
I love food and Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to share the love of food with the one you love.
I have teamed up with OXO Good Grips to create a lovely three course meal. Yes I made heart shaped meatballs. Any excuse to make things into hearts with me.
The Main Meal
For the main part of the romantic meal I went for meatballs. I have to admit I was inspired by Lady and the Tramp for this. I decided to put my own Valentine’s Day spin on it though.
The wonderful chopper in action! It’s so pleasant to use. The results are stunning. I love how safe it is with it’s easily removable pot you can cut into it. It also comes apart very easily for washing. Of course the blades are sharp so please be careful.
I used the chopper to cut the onion. It worked so well and for once the meatballs looked neater. It’s nice not having a huge bit of onion sticking out! I need to work on my knife skills to do this better by hand.
To make the hearts I rolled the mix into a ball. Then squashed it flat a bit. I then cut into the meatball just shy of half way down. I then finished shaping the heart. It was so quick and I think they looked adorable. You can see the 4 stages of meatball to heart in the photo below. I made a lot so I could freeze some!
The meatballs were so cute on a pasta sauce.
Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Meatballs
- 500 g mince beef
- 150 g breadcrumbs
- 1 large white onion
- 2 medium medium eggs
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- salt and pepper
- 1 onion chopped up with the chopper so it’s nice and fine
- 2 garlic cloves chopped up too
- Fresh chilli to taste
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- salt and pepper
- 1 handful fresh basil
- In a large mixing bowl pull apart the mince.
- Chop up the onion as fine as you can and add it to the beef.
- In a blender make the breadcrumbs and add them to the mix with the herbs, salt and pepper.
- Add the eggs and mix together and to form one big meatball. You’ll probably need to use your hands.
- Divide into mix and roll in your hands to create the meatballs. I make them about two heaped tablespoon of mix each so they don’t take ages to cook and then defrost later.
- To make the hearts I rolled the mix into a ball. Then squashed it flat a bit. I then cut into the meatball just shy of half way down. I then finished shaping the heart.
- In a frying pan with a little oil on a medium heat and cook the meatballs a few at a time until they cooked through.
Tomato Pasta Sauce
- Soften the onions, chilli and garlic in a pan with a little oil on a low/medium heat. Keep stirring.
- Add the tomato purée and mix in.
- Add the tins of tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Add a handful of lightly chopped basil leaves too.
- Bring to a simmer.
- Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the pack.
- Normally I would put the meatballs into the sauce but as they are so cute and I wanted to show them off so I presented them on top so they were kept warm in another frying pan until the sauce and pasta was ready.
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