Meatballs Filled with Tomato-pepper Sauce and Malfatti

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Servings 4 people



  • 500 g Mixed minced meat
  • 30 g Breadcrumbs
  • 50 ml Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 small Red Onion
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • 10 g Hot peppers
  • 1 tbsp Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp easy go. Tomato paste
  • 1 tsp easy go. Fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp struck Fresh thyme
  • 70 g Scamorza
  • Pepper salt
  • Breadcrumbs for rolling, oil for deep-frying


  • 1 middle Red Onion
  • 2 size Garlic cloves
  • 30 g Hot peppers
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp go. Tomato paste
  • 250 g Tomatoes
  • 200 g Paprika
  • 150 ml Red wine
  • 200 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp go. Fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp go. Fresh thyme
  • 250 ml Vegetable cream for cooking 15%
  • Pepper salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar


  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 Clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 200 g Baby spinach
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 150 g Ricotta
  • 20 g Parmesan
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 150 g Flour
  • Salt, pepper, nutmeg


Preparation of balls, sauce and dumplings:

  • For the balls, pour the milk over breadcrumbs and allow to swell. Peel the onion, dice very finely. Skin the garlic, finely chop. Core and finely chop the peppers. Pluck the herbs from the stems, chop them (also for the sauce). Cut the scamorza into 12 large cubes. Knead the minced meat, breadcrumbs, egg, onion, garlic, pepperoni, mustard, tomato paste and herbs thoroughly and season with salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 12 balls of approx. 60 g each and fill each with a scamorza cube. Then put enough breadcrumbs in a small but taller bowl that you can coat the balls one after the other by swirling them around. Hold ready.
  • For the sauce, peel the onion and cut into fairly large cubes. Roughly chop the garlic. Halve the peppers, remove the core and cut across into strips. Wash and core the peppers and cut into large cubes. Wash tomatoes, remove stalks, cut into small pieces. For herbs, see meatballs. In a large pan, sweat the onions, garlic and peppers in the oil until translucent. Stir in tomato paste and sauté briefly. Add the tomatoes, stir everything around, deglaze with the red wine and 100 ml water and simmer for 2 minutes. Then add the paprika and herbs, pepper and salt it and simmer over a medium heat for 20 minutes. Then tomatoes and peppers should be soft and the liquid should have reduced so much that it can hardly be seen. Transfer the mixture to a higher bowl and puree it finely with a hand blender. "Rinse" the pan with the remaining 100 ml of water and add the resulting stock to the sauce and mix in vigorously with the cooking cream. Then pour the sauce into a smaller saucepan and keep it ready.
  • For the spinach dumplings, peel the onion and dice it very finely. Skin the garlic, finely chop. Sweat both in a large saucepan in the oil until translucent and add the baby spinach in several servings. When the first portion starts to collapse, the next one, and so on. Always turn the spinach and add 1 tablespoon of water. This will prevent the onion from burning and the spinach will collapse faster. Then take it off the stove and let it cool down. During this, grate the Parmesan and stir it with a wooden ladle with ricotta, flour and egg yolk. Roughly chop the cooled spinach with a hand blender and fold into the ricotta. Season to taste with pepper, salt and nutmeg.


  • In a deep frying pan or a higher pot, pour enough frying oil so that the balls can barely swim in it. At the same time, bring enough well-salted water to the boil in a large, tall saucepan. When the oil is hot enough (hold the handle of a wooden ladle or skewer in it as a test. When small bubbles form, it's ready), fry the balls until golden brown. This takes about 10 minutes.
  • When the water is boiling at the same time, briefly dip 2 tablespoons in the boiling water (if possible after each cam) so that 12 cams are formed out of the spinach dough, slide them into the water, reduce the heat a little and they only simmer in it 5 Let simmer for min. When they swim to the surface, they are done. In the meantime, heat the sauce over a mild heat, lift the balls out of the oil, degrease a little on kitchen paper, lift the cams out of the water with a sieve, drain and arrange everything on the plate and garnish with a little grated Parmesan ........... Buon Appetito.
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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