By Yashasvi Kannangara
This is my ultimate feel good food.Whenever I feel under the weather or need a mood fixer, I will treat myself to a bowl of this wonderful tomato meatball pasta. It’s the meatball sauce that really hits the home run.I can’t remember when I first made this, but I can tell you that I have a box of this sauce (minus the meatballs) in my freezer most times. I even treat my friends to it when they are not feeling too well or come home hungry enough to eat a horse or flop on my couch declaring (dramatically) how unfair life is.
It’s the whole process of making this particular pasta sauce that makes me feel good – from stirring the thick tomato gravy and inhaling the wafting fragrance of Italian herbs to watching the sauce bubble, thicken and plop bringing alive rustic homemade comfort. I also love how the deep intense red of the sauce contrasts against the pale white of boiled spaghetti.
The flavours are strong and bold (this dish possesses a make a statement kind of flavour profile) and is best slow-cooked. I must warn you though, it’s not a quick-fix dish and takes a little longer than most to make, but using MAGGI bouillon chicken cubes makes the process a little more time efficient and less expensive because you don??t have to make the chicken stock from scratch at home.