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Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on time 18 mins
Total time 50 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 1 pita half and 5 meatballs)
It'll be hard for your family to resist the comforting aroma wafting through the kitchen as you prepare Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce. The lamb meatballs are flavorful enough on their own but the spiced sauce complements them well.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, halved and warmed
  • Small mint leaves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 339
  • fat 14.9 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • monofat 6.4 g
  • polyfat 1.7 g
  • protein 20.7 g
  • carbohydrate 32.3 g
  • fiber 4.9 g
  • cholesterol 78 mg
  • iron 3.6 mg
  • sodium 708 mg
  • calcium 55 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons onion and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. Combine onion mixture, breadcrumbs, and mint; add lamb, beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and egg; stir gently. Shape into 30 (1-inch) meatballs.

  2. Return pan to medium-high; add meatballs. Cook 4 minutes. Remove meatballs from pan. Add 1/2 cup onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add ginger and next 3 ingredients; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Return meatballs to pan; simmer 20 minutes or until done. Serve with pitas. Sprinkle with mint leaves.