Green Tagliatelle with Meatballs

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A simple pasta dish made with bacon and meatballs for an extra special touch.This tagliatelle is green flavoured with spinach and is perfect for kids who are wary of greens.


  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 70 g bacon
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 lb minced pork
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated parmesan for serving

For green paste:

  • 200 g boiled spinach
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Squeeze spinach, blend in a food processor.
  2. Combine flour, eggs, spinach and butter and knead the dough with a fork until the dough is smooth and elastic. Roll the dough into a ball, wrap with kitchen film and put aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 4–6 pieces and roll out each. Don’t make them too thin. Roll the dough into a thick roll and slice tagliatelle 1/2 inch wide. Dry a little.
  4. Chop onions, carrots, celery and bacon finely.
  5. Heat in a saucepan 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add bacon and fry for 5 minutes. Add vegetables and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Add tomatoes and oregano to the pan, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Combine the minced meat and egg, salt and pepper. Form small meatballs with wet hands.
  7. Heat butter in a frying pan and fry the meatballs until golden brown from all sides. Transfer the meatballs to the sauce and cook for another 10 minutes.
  8. Meantime, boil water in a large saucepan, salt. Cook tagliatelle al dente and put to the sauce. Mix gently and heat for 2 minutes.
  9. Put pasta on the plates and sprinkle with grated parmesan.