Lamb Meatballs and Sauce


These baked, ground lamb meatballs are a quite flavorful alternative to traditional meatballs.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground lamb

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 3 cups tomato sauce

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste


  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; oil lightly.

  3. Combine bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl. Soak bread crumbs until milk is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

  4. Combine bread crumb mixture, lamb, egg, garlic, olive oil, tomato paste, rosemary, cumin, salt, oregano, black pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.

  5. Form lamb mixture into 2-inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Cook meatballs in the preheated oven until they are slightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

  7. Combine meatballs, tomato sauce, chicken stock, fresh mint, and red pepper flakes in a large sauce pan over medium heat until meatballs are no longer pink inside, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

610 Calories
44g Fat
24g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 610
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 2323mg 101%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 1110mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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