Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
18 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

jeniflower's Review

January 14, 2013
The meatballs are good on their own but the sauce is funky. I don't think the spices are the most ideal for a tomato based sauce. I used whole wheat pasta instead of pitas and a little feta which made the sauce edible.

mc1981's Review

February 11, 2015
These meatballs are so easy to make. I make them for potlucks, and inevitably get positive comments and requests for the recipe.

sarahjones123's Review

September 26, 2013
It was ok. It was lacking something. I added feta as well to it before eating.

bellymama's Review

February 20, 2013
Delicious! We served the meatballs and sauce over cous cous with a side of green beans.

NancieLewis's Review

December 12, 2012
Simply divine. Didn't have pita on hand, but did have a handful of whole wheat thin spaghetti - finished it with the tiniest bit of crumbled Feta (I'm talking a smidgen, the meatballs and sauce are fantastically flavorful). This recipe is going into regular rotation at our house and I'll serve the meatballs and sauce as part of an hors d'oeuvres spread on New Year's Eve.

ImaIma's Review

December 05, 2012

cupcakemuffin's Review

December 02, 2012

kapluna1's Review

November 28, 2012
Recipe does not forget to mention tomatoes (although it's not super obvious). It's the third ingredient after ginger. Add ginger and next 3 ingredients; 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cumin (1) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (2) 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (3)

crkjacobs1's Review

November 26, 2012
These are delicious and easy, however, the recipe fails to mention adding the crushed tomatoes.