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Vermouth In Meatballs With Orzo

Asked by Duguid. Answered on 31st March 2021

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What can be used in place of red vermouth in the Meatballs with Orzo recipe? Thank you!

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Meatballs with Orzo
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Nigella's Meatballs With Orzo (from AT MY TABLE) is a one-pot recipe where tomato sauce, meatballs and orzo pasta are all cooked in the same pan. The tomato sauce contains 4 tablespoons (60ml/¼ cup) of red vermouth as the vermouth adds some aromatic depth of flavour.

Red vermouth is a useful storecupboard ingredient as it keeps for several weeks after opening but you could use red wine as an alternative if you have a bottle open. If you are avoiding alcohol then you could use one tablespoon of tomato puree (tomato paste) and an extra 3 tablespoons (45 ml) water instead.

Bara Brith

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