This twist on traditional spaghetti and meatballs is fresh and flavoursome. Make the pasta and sauce while the lamb meatballs are baking and you can have dinner on the table in around half an hour. Easy!
The whipped feta is a delicious substitute for grated cheese and pairs so well with the lamb meatballs and pesto spaghetti. Give this recipe a try instead of your usual spaghetti and meatballs, then leave a comment below letting me know what you think!
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This twist on traditional spaghetti and meatballs is fresh and flavoursome. Make the pasta and sauce while the meatballs are baking and you can have dinner on the table in around half an hour. Easy!
Preheat oven to 180ºC fan bake. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
MAKE WHIPPED FETA
Mash feta, yoghurt and lemon juice together with a fork until almost smooth. Season with cracked pepper and set aside.
Combine lamb mince, tomato paste, oregano, paprika and cinnamon in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine, then shape into 24 meatballs. Place meatballs on prepared tray and bake for 20 minutes, or until browned on the outside and cooked through.
While meatballs are cooking, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add spaghetti and cook for 12 minutes.
While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a large frying pan over a medium heat. Dice onion, add to pan and cook for 2 minutes. Crush garlic, add to pan and cook for a further minute. Add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, sugar and pesto, stirring to combine. Leave sauce to simmer.
Stir cooked meatballs into the sauce. Grate, julienne or spiralise courgette. Drain spaghetti and stir through courgette, spinach and pesto.
Top spaghetti with meatballs, sauce and whipped feta.
WINE MATCH: Try a full-bodied red, like a Syrah.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Replace wholemeal spaghetti with your favourite gluten-free spaghetti.
BUDGET OPTION: You can use beef mince instead of lamb mince (but the flavour won’t be quite as good!).
LOW-CARB OPTION: Reduce the amount of spaghetti and replace with extra courgette (zoodles).
STORING AND REHEATING: Store individual portions in microwave-safe containers and reheat as required.