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Spiced Meatballs with Tomato Sauce - Overhead hero shot of meatballs in tomato sauce in white bowl

Middle Eastern Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Middle Eastern Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are a delicious twist on meatballs but in a classic tomato sauce.  They make a flavorful addition to your table!
Course Beef
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Salt
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 6
Calories 355



  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground chuck venison or a combination of beef, pork and veal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can (28-ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine panko, milk, eggs, garlic, parsley, coriancer, cumin, nutment, salt and black pepper and mix well.
  • Add the ground meat (beef, venison or the combination) and mix well.
  • Form into 1-inch (approximately) meatballs and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees in the center.


  • While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce. Heat olive oil in a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and garlic. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 7-8 minutes or until beginning to soften. Add the wine and tomatoes and simmer gently 15 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs and continue simmering another 10 minutes.
  • Add parsley and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve over cooked rice or orzo pasta.


SUBSTITUTIONS:  Ground chicken or turkey may be used in place of beef.
MAKE AHEAD:  These reheat great!  Place in an ovenproof baking dish and reheat at 350 degrees until heated through.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Cool thoroughly and place in an airtight container.  Freeze 2-3 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in a 350-degree oven until heated through.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 517mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg