Never having been to Sicily, or even to a Sicilian restaurant, this is a bit of a silly name. But if Sainsbury’s can get away with it, so can I. By the way, this recipe makes enough meatballs for about eight people, so it’s a good eat-half-freeze-the-rest recipe.
Skoosh up a small onion with two cloves of garlic in a mini-processor. Put into a bowl with a teaspoon of salt and a coffee spoon of thyme as well as 500g lean steak mince and 400g sausagemeat (I used the meat from Sainsbury’s Sicilian-style sausages, hence the silly title). Add a sliced chilli if you want them spicy. Mix it all up with your hands before forming into 20 – 30 small balls.
Now finely slice two onions and a clove of garlic. Fry them in olive oil until soft, then add two tins of chopped tomatoes and a tin of water. Put in two teaspoons of dried basil and a teaspoon of paprika and start to simmer.
Now fry your meatballs in oil in a separate frying pan, about eight at a time, adding each batch to the simmering tomatoes. When they are all done, pop the lid on and simmer for 45-60 minutes.
Sprinkle with basil and serve with spaghetti.