- small pack basil
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
- 500g beef mince
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 540g jar passata
- 300g orzo
- parmesan shavings, to serve
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Chop half the basil leaves and reserve the rest for serving. Mix the chopped basil with the mince, garlic and oregano. Season and roll into 20-24 meatballs.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over a fairly high heat and brown the meatballs all over for 5-6 mins. Stir in the passata and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for another 10 mins.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the orzo following pack instructions. Once cooked, drain and spoon onto a serving platter or individual plates. Top with the meatballs, then shave over the Parmesan and scatter with the reserved basil leaves.