moroccan meatballs

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Morrocan meatballs with lemon sauce and roast vegetable cous couse

Meatballs don’t have to mean tomato sauce.

Here’s a variation that uses Moroccan inspired spices and a lemon sauce. Served with roast vegetable cous cous, it’s a change from the old meatballs on spaghetti.

Apart from the mince, this recipe uses a variety of pantry staples: onion, stock, herbs and spices. While it may seem like a long list of ingredients, many are repeated in both the meatballs and the sauce, making it a delicious but frugal meal.

Yield: 4 serves

Morocan Flavour Inspired Meatballs

Moroccan meatballs

Spice up your meatballs with these Moroccan inspired flavours topped with a delicious lemon sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 500g mince (beef or lamb)
  • 2Tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. each of cumin, paprika, salt and pepper
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp. each of paprika and turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1 red chilli diced or 1/4 tsp. of chilli powder, or to taste (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2Tbsp. parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice (more or less to taste)



  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing well with hands.
  2. Shape mince into walnut-sized meatballs, placing them on a plate.
  3. Refrigerate until needed.


  1. Saute onion in a little oil over medium heat until softened.
  2. Add spice and cook for a few seconds before adding the stock and coriander.
  3. Add the meatballs to the pan and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through, tossing to coat occasionally.
  4. Stir in parsley and lemon juice before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 595Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 1015mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 49g

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