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Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Meatballs

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.
Course Dinner
Cuisine British, International, Italian
Keyword Heart Shaped Meatballs, Valentine's Day dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 480kcal
Author Sisley White

Ingredients

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

Tomato Sauce

  • 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

Instructions

Meatballs

  • 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.

Notes

Make the meatballs ahead and freeze them before cooking.
To defrost I remove them from the freezer container and put them in a bowl and cover it and leave it out for the day in a cool place. If I forget to take them out earlier enough I use the microwave defrost setting.