8 people

Tunisian Meatballs

  • 1 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 2/3 cup panko
  • 1 egg
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/3 cup harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • 2 tbsp harissa spice
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • 2 tbsp ras el hanout
  • 1 tbsp curry spice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Tomato sauce

  • 1 onion diced
  • 32 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • dill sprigs

Nutritional information

Calories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 20gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 472mgPotassium: 611mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 429IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 4mg
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people

How to make lamb Meatballs

  • Grind the lamb meat yourself making sure you have ice cold attachments for your meat grinder or have your local butcher grind it for you. Add all the other ingredients to stainless steel bowl with the meat and mix well. 
    Take a small saute pan on high heat with a tsp of olive oil and cook 1/2 oz of the meatball mixture.  Taste the meatball to see how it tastes.  If everything tastes perfect then set aside for the pasta, if not adjust the meatball to what you think it needs to be perfect (more spice? more salt?, more herbs?).
    Once you have the taste just right, using a wet hand form the meatballs and place them in a large saute pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Cook for 4 minutes and then flip the meatballs over and add the onions from the sauce to the pan.

How to make harissa tomato sauce

  • Meanwhile in a vitamix blender add garlic, diced tomatoes, water, harissa, paprika, and salt to it. Puree for 20 seconds. If it is a little bit chunky its okay.
    After another 4 minutes of cooking the other side of the meatballs pour in the tomato sauce over top the meatballs. Cover the pan and lightly simmer for 30 minutes. Taste the tomato sauce and adjust the seasoning if need be.

To Finish

  • Simply add a few meatballs to a bowl with sauce. Top each meatball with yogurt. Garnish with dill, a drizzle of olive oil. Serve and enjoy!
    Lamb Meatballs

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