New York Style Meatballs and Pasta by Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine Meatballs and Pasta

With the Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomato Festival on this weekend, we thought it was a good time to do a classic meatball recipe!  I was also fortunate enough recently to taste some of the fresh, handmade pasta available from 41 Degrees South – it’s delicious!! So here’s a classic New York Italian take on Pasta with Meatballs.

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  • 3 onions, chopped (Laos Fresh Farm)
  • 1/2 – 1 bulb of garlic, peel removed from cloves
  • 1kg fresh tomatoes (any size) (Seven Springs)
  • 1 x 400g tinned tomatoes
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1-2 hands full of fresh basil (Thirlstane)

Fresh Pasta (41 Degrees South)



Preparing the Meatballs

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sautee onion and garlic,
  2. Place the finely chopped rosemary, thyme and sauteed onion and garlic in a mixing bow.
  3. Add the mince combination to the mixing bowl
  4. Season with pepper and salt and mix thoroughly with your hands
  5. Shape the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs, place into a baking dish and chill.


  1. Heat olive oil in a pot and add the chopped onion.  Slowly sautee.
  2. Add the garlic cloves and pop a lid on the pot.  Continue to heat for 10-15 minutes, until totally soft
  3. Add the fresh and tinned tomatoes to the pot
  4. Add the tomato paste, sherry vinegar and sugar
  5. Let the mixture simmer and reduce for about 40 minutes
  6. Blend up the mixture in a blender or using a stick blender, until smooth
  7. Return to pot and add 1-2 hands full of fresh basil

Cooking the Meatballs

  1. Heat some olive oil in a pan.  Make sure it’s sizzling.
  2. Cook the meatballs until they get some deep brown colour on them
  3. Add to sauce and cook for another 10 minutes



  1. Add your pasta to boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes (if it’s fresh pasta)


To serve, plate up the pasta, topped with some meatballs, sauce and finished with some grated parmesan cheese.