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Marty in the Morning Friday 21 March 2014

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Nevens Recipes - Meatball pasta bake

Nevens Recipes - Meatball pasta bake

Meatball Pasta Bake with Spinach and Mozzarella

 Serves 4–6

225g (8oz) lean minced beef

225g (8oz) minced pork

8 cream crackers, crushed into fine crumbs

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tbsp olive oil, extra for drizzling

1 onion, finely chopped

1 celery stick, finely chopped

1 large garlic clove, crushed

500ml (18fl oz) passata (Italian sieved tomatoes)

2 tbsp tomato purée

small handful of fresh basil leaves, extra to garnish

350g (12oz) penne pasta

knob of butter

225g (8oz) baby spinach leaves

100g (4oz) mozzarella, cut into cubes

25g (1oz) freshly grated Parmesan

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

lightly dressed mixed salad, to serve


Place the minced beef and pork in a bowl with the crushed cream crackers, egg and parsley.

Season with salt and pepper and using your hands, give everything a good mix. Using slightly

wetted hands, make about 20 even-sized balls. Arrange on a flat baking sheet, drizzle over a

little olive oil to lightly coat and chill for 1 hour to firm up if time allows.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat and sauté the onion and celery for about 5 minutes, until lightly golden. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute more, stirring. Add the passata and tomato purée and season to taste. Simmer gently for 8–10 minutes, until the sauce has nicely reduced and thickened. Stir in the basil leaves and remove from the heat.


Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/gas mark 6). Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.Plunge the penne into the boiling salted water and simmer for 6–8 minutes, until almost tender but not quite cooked through. Drain the penne well and return to the pan.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a deep-sided frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the meatballs for 6–8 minutes, until almost cooked through and nicely browned.


Heat the butter in a separate pan. Add one fistful of spinach at a time, adding another as one

wilts down. Cook for 1 minute, then tip into a colander to drain. Season to taste.

Stir the tomato sauce into the drained penne to coat and then transfer to a 30cm x 20cm (12in

x 8in) 5cm (2in) deep ovenproof baking dish. Nestle in small mounds of spinach and arrange

the meatballs on top. Scatter over the mozzarella and Parmesan. Place in the oven and bake for 15–20 minutes, until bubbling.

To serve, put the pasta bake straight on the table garnished with the basil leaves. Have a

separate big bowl of salad and allow everyone to help themselves.

Celebrating the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards on Marty in the Morning

With March bringing all the energy of spring (maybe) and the second annual Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in Association with Failte Ireland on (definitely - 22nd March 2018), RTE lyricfm are delighted to showcase some of the recipients of last year’s inaugural Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in Association with Failte Ireland with a prize each weekday to celebrate their success, culminating with a special short break prize on Friday.

With March bringing all the energy of spring and the second annual Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in Association with Failte Ireland on 22nd March 2018, RTE lyricfm are delighted to showcase some of the recipients of last year’s inaugural Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in Association with Failte Ireland with a prize each weekday to celebrate their success, culminating with a special short break prize on Friday. 

The prize for Wednesday and Thursday is a voucher for 100 euro  for Neven Maguire’s superb MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, Co Cavan (winner of numerous Georgina Campbell Awards, including our Hospitality Hero award in 2012, and the 2017 Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in Association with Failte Ireland, in the Guesthouse category.)

Relax, unwind and enjoy the very best of Irish food and hospitality in Neven Maguire’s award winning MacNean House and Restaurant. At the core of Neven’s philosophy is using only the freshest and finest seasonal Irish ingredients, in his restaurant and cookery school. The state of the art cookery school, adjoining MacNean House & Restaurant, has a range of classes suitable for people of all cookery levels with course numbers kept small to allow all participants enjoy direct instruction and assistance from Neven and his dedicated team.

Sunday Lunch at MacNeans has long been a particular treat, with locally sourced ingredients (proudly credited on the menu) taking centre stage as ever. (All prizes subject to availability) 

The winner will also receive a copy of the new Georgina Campbell’s Ireland, The Best of the Best - The Very Best Places to Eat, Drink & Stay 

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Performer(s): Bach, Johann Sebastian

Duration: 6:33


Title: Quanto É Bella, Quanto É Cara!

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Duration: 3:17


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Duration: 2:04


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