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An easy recipe for Greek meatballs in tomato sauce, perfect Mediterranean comfort food packed with flavour.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 4
Author: Karon Grieve


  • Meatballs
  • 500 g/1lb 2oz minced lamb or beef
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 slices crustless bread plus milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp each of dried oregano and thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 400 g/14 oz can of chopped tomatoes
  • 300 ml/1/2 pint vegetable or beef stock or water


  • Meatballs
  • Soak the bread in a little milk for 10 mins then squeeze out and drain, discard milk
  • Break up the bread and mix well with the mince and all other ingredients till well combined
  • Roll into balls.
  • Sauce
  • Saute the onion in the olive oil for 4 minutes then add the garlic for 3 minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients and cook for further 10 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs to the pan, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, adding a little more water if required.
  • Serve with pasta, fried potatoes or rice.