Mini Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Tasty meatballs that can be served over rice if you prefer.


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30 Min
30 Min


  • 8 oz
    each ground beef and lamb
  • 1 medium
    onion, grated
  • 2
  • 1 bunch
    flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1
    red bell pepper, diced
  • 3
    cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1
    14-oz. can tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
  • ·
    salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ·
    small bowl of water with a tiny bit of olive oil to shape the meatballs

How to Make Mini Meatballs in Tomato Sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the grated onion, eggs and parsley and mix well.
  2. Stir in ground meat and season with salt (1-2 tsp.) and ground black pepper to taste. Knead for 3-5 minutes until mixed well. Cover meat and let sit in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil and add onion, bell peppers and garlic. Saute approx. 5 minutes; stirring often. Add the chopped tomatoes and add 1 cup water. Stir, cover and cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Turn off heat.
  4. Remove meat from refrigerator. Wet your hands and take a small walnut-sized amount of meat mixture and roll into a ball. Place the meatballs on a baking tray and bake for 25 minutes or until they get a nice golden brown coating.
  5. Transfer the baked meatballs to a large baking dish and pour the tomato sauce around them giving a gentile mix. Bake for 15 minutes. During cooking the sauce will thicken and coat the meatballs. Serve hot with plain rice and if desired, a cucumber, mint and yogurt dip.

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About Mini Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Other Tag: Healthy

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