Baked Tomato Meatballs with Fresh Homemade Parpadelle Pasta – Cooking Class 12

November 30th, 2009

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I reckon these meatballs are pretty great – especially that you just need to mix the ingredients together, roll in a ball then place in the oven and when they’re browned pour on some diced tomatoes.


The pasta on the other hand was a bit of a handful… To be exact, we had a few problems with my pasta machine – catching the pasta and delaying the already time consuming activity. The other problem was the fact we were making fresh pasta for more than 12 people (including lunches).


Apart from the ordeal with the pasta, this cooking class went extremely well and everyone was pleased with the result.

Homemade Pasta

Served 12-14 in this dish

700 – 750g plain flour
7 -8 eggs
3 egg yolks
3 pinches salt
a few glugs of olive oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until it is crumbly. (With this quantity it was quite difficult and the bottom ingredients clumped quite a bit). Turn out onto a lightly floured clean bench and knead with the palm of your hand until it’s come together. Cover in plastic and refrigerate for 30mins to 1 hour.


Remove from fridge and divide into 8 portions. Keep unused portions covered in plastic. Using one portion at a time, roll out with rolling pin until thin enough to go through thickest setting on pasta machine. Make sure you flour both the pasta and the rollers in the machine. Once rolled, fold over and roll with rolling pin again, continue to roll through the pasta machine for a few times. Then reduce the thickness setting on the pasta machine and pass though. Continue to reduce the setting by one each time and once the pasta is as thin as you’d like (one of the last few settings), dust in flour, slice into thick strips and continue with other pasta portions.




Once all the pasta is almost finished being prepared, boil a very large pot of water. Add some salt to the boiling water and cook the pasta (in batches if need be) until al dente (this won’t take very long with fresh made pasta).

Baked meatballs and tomato sauce

Recipe from the Donna Hay section in the Sunday Magazine

Serves: 8

4 slices white bread
¾ cup milk
500g pork mince
500g beef mince
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
5 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 x 400g cans diced tomatoes

finely grated parmesan cheese, extra, to serve

Preheat oven to 220C. Place the bread in a bowl and pour over milk. Stand for 5 minutes to allow the milk to be absorbed. Tear the bread into pieces. Place bread in a large bowl with the pork mince, beef mince, eggs, parmesan, half the parsley and 3 garlic cloves. Mix well to combine.

Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls, place in two baking dishes and drizzle with oil.



Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned. Add 2 cans of tomatoes and 1 garlic clove to each dish and stir to combine.


Bake for a further 5-8 minutes or until the sauce in warmed through. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and parmesan to serve.




  1. I know you said the pasta was troublesome but it looks fantastic! two of my favourite things too, papardelle and meatballs. Thanks for sharing the recipe! 😀

  2. Sounds like the pasta was a bit fiddly, but the meatballs sound nice and hands-off. I’m glad it turned out well after all the trouble rolling the pasta.

  3. Juliana says:

    Wow, you made your own pasta? Very impressive 🙂 The baked meatballs with the tomato sauce look delicious…what a treat!

  4. Rosa says:

    Wow, so gorgeous! A mouthwatering dish!



  5. sophia says:

    Wow, making your own pasta…I LOVE that flat, fat noodles! I can’t stand skinny noodles, but those I will happily slurp up with the plump meatballs! 😀

  6. Cakelaw says:

    These meatballs look pretty great too! The bed of pasta is a good idea.

  7. Barbara says:

    I am so impressed! I still have never made pasta.
    The meatballs look great too. Altogether a super looking dish!

  8. sheba says:

    oh wow..this i NEED to have…

  9. Jeanne says:

    Beautiful photos! Those meatballs with tomatoes sound divine. I am always impressed by someone who can make their own pasta – it looks delicious!

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