Beef Meatballs In Red Sauce

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Every week I make almost the same thing. Come Friday I make mashed potatoes and some variation of Chicken breast. Why? Because this is what the kids like, and me too.

It’s easy, delicious and consistent 🙂

Last week when I went shopping for groceries, there was a sale on Ground Medium Beef, and although I don’t like eating or working with beef that much (and you can tell, because there are almost no recipes here with beef) I decided to take the leap of faith in this ingredient, and try and make something really delish, so good I’ll regret not having it sooner.

I didn’t really think much (REALLY) and all of a sudden I find myself making meatballs.

I added veggies and made this super yummy red sauce, served on a bed of (of course) mashed potatoes and it was, in one word – Perfect.

How did I not try this before?? Could it be that I was working with the wrong kind of meat? This turned out perfect, and less work than I thought it’ll take.

The meatballs were full of flavor, they weren’t too dense nor too meaty. They blended really well with the sauce and to top this all up – the kids went crazy over the meatballs! They said it’s like the macaroni and meatballs without the macaroni. And to this I say “Grazie” (with my Italian accent).


Beef Meatballs in Red Sauce


Beef Meatballs In Red Sauce
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian, Homemade, Mediterranean
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Serves: 25 meatballs
Beef meatballs with a Mediterranean hint. So easy to make and will definitely work well on your taste buds.
For the Meatballs:
  • 500gr (about 1lbs) Ground Medium Beef
  • ½ Carrot – Finely Grated
  • ½ Onion – Grated
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro – Chopped
  • ½ tsp Table Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tbsp Bread Crumbs
For the Red Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Onion – Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves – Sliced
  • ½ Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 8 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2½ Cups Hot Water
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro – Chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
To make the Meatballs:
  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix (knead if needed) until well combined.
  2. Using a tablespoon scoop ½ tablespoon at a time and roll into balls.
  3. Set aside in a plate and prepare the sauce.
To prepare the sauce:
  1. In a wide pot preheat the oil over medium heat and add in the chopped onion, garlic, cumin and tomato paste. Stir consistently until combined and then add the water.
  2. Stir well and add the cilantro, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat. Once boils gently add in the meatballs.
  4. Once the meatballs are all in the sauce, lower the heat a bit to Medium-Low heat and cover the pot with a lid.
  5. Let cook with a closed lid for 30-35 minutes. If the sauce boils again, lower the heat a bit more during cooking.


Beef Meatballs in Red Sauce