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Swedish Meatballs with Linguine

Saturday, 9 August 2008

The nearest Ikea is about an hour's drive from our new flat and we've been there 3 times since we moved in (which was only a month ago). The first time was to get a dining table and of course we bought various other home 'essentials'. A tv stand was our main motive the second time but again we ended up buying other bits and bobs. The third time was to collect our flatmate's bedframe - not a surprise - we bought more stuff and we didn't even get the bedframe because one part was not in stock. The shopping aside, Ikea serves the best meatballs - tender and flavourful. Shopping after indulging in a plate of scrumptious meatballs served with cream sauce and lingonberry sauce...umm....what more do you expect?

Ingredients: serves 4


  • 250g Minced Beef
  • 250g Minced Pork
  • 100ml Double cream
  • 100ml Milk
  • 1/2 cup Onion - finely chopped
  • 50g Breadcrumbs
  • 2 medium size Potatoes - peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg - grated
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Tomato sauce for pasta:

  • 1 tbs Olive oil
  • 1 large Onion - diced
  • 2 Carrots - diced
  • 2 cups Mushrooms - sliced
  • ½ bulb Garlic – crushed
  • 2 cans Canned tomatoes
  • 2 tbs Concentrate tomato puree
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Red wine
  • 3-4 Bay leaves
  • 1 handful of fresh Parsley - chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh Basil - chopped
  • ~1-2 tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tbs Chicken powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper



  • Boil potatoes, leave to cool and mashed.
  • Sweat onions until soft.
  • Moisten breadcrumbs with milk.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixer and beat until well combined.
  • Scoop out meatballs using an ice-cream scoop.
  • Fry in a pan with olive oil until golden brown.
  • Transfer all the meatballs into a baking tray and place in a 180°C oven until cooked (~15-20 mins).

Tomato sauce for pasta:

  • Sauté onions and carrots with olive oil until tender.
  • Add in garlic and fry until fragrant.
  • Mix in all other ingredients (except basil) and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer for about 20 mins.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir in basil, remove bay leaves and serve.

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