Italian tuna balls
- 2 160g cans of tuna in sunflower or olive oil, drained (reserve a little oil)
- small handful of pine nuts
- freshly grated zest 1 lemon
- small handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
- 50g fresh breadcrumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- 400g spaghetti
- 500g jar pasta sauce
- Flake the tuna into a bowl, then tip in the pine nuts, lemon zest, parsley, breadcrumbs and egg. Season and mix together with your hands until completely combined. Roll the mix into 12 walnut-size balls. Put a large pan of salted water on to boil, then cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions.
- Heat a little of the tuna oil in a large non-stick frying pan, then fry the tuna balls for 5 mins, turning every minute or so until completely golden. Drain on kitchen paper. Heat the tomato sauce, then toss together with the pasta and tuna balls.
For the pasta sauce I often just use a can of chopped tomatoes and I'll add either just basil or some Italian seasoning. I find that with only a single egg the meatballs break apart too easily while cooking so use an extra egg. Also make sure that there's enough oil in the pan (especially if using a large pan) because otherwise the meatballs will go dry.