This Spaghetti & Black Pudding Meatball dish by journalist and writer Felicity Cloake featured in her article called "#eatclean in 2016? No. Let’s eat Black Pudding" following the 'Superfood' claim back in January .
"Richer, darker and, dare I say it, more interesting than your standard meatball, these go down very well on a winter’s evening with a hearty glass of southern Italian red."
May also be a great way to introduce the kids to Black Pudding, without the glass of red of course!?
Read her full article for some more Black Pudding recipes, including 'Black Pudding Chocolate Pots'.
For the Black Pudding Meatballs
- 6 Tbsp Milk
- 1 thick slice Wholemeal Bread, the darker the better – crusts removed
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 300g of Black Pudding, skin removed and crumbled
- 200g Minced Beef
- 1 small Red Chilli, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp Currants
- 1 Tbsp Pine Nuts, toasted
- Good grating of Nutmeg, to season
- Olive Oil, to fry
For the Tomato Sauce
- To make the sauce, gently fry the onion in the oil until soft and golden, then add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Mash in the tomatoes, then add the sugar, vinegar and stems of the basil, reserving the leaves, and bring to a simmer. Turn down the heat and cook for about 45 minutes until thick, then season to taste.
- Meanwhile, soak the bread in the milk for about 10 minutes. Fry the onion in a little oil until beginning to caramelise, and add to a large bowl with all the other ingredients. Season well, and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined.
- Mash the bread into a milky paste then add it to the meatball mixture and mix in well. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and fry 1tsp of the mixture until cooked through. Allow to cool slightly, and then taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
- Shape the mixture into small balls, add another 2 tbsp olive oil to the pan, and fry the meatballs in batches until nicely caramelised all over, then turn down the heat and fry more gently until cooked through. Keep warm.
- Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente *1. Drain and toss together with the sauce and a splash of oil until well combined, then add the meatballs.
Divide between bowls, drizzle with Extra-virgin Olive Oil if desired, and top with the basil leaves. And if you are like us, don't forget the Parmesan and a dash or three of Tabasco!
What's your Verdict?