My comforting afternoon is to eat Lamb Meatball Pasta

I am a “ground meat” person. Anything made with ground meat will drive me crazy. Meatball, kebab, burger patty, Chinese steamed meat patty, minced meat on noodle… All these makes me drool and makes me salivate.

Lamb Meatball Pasta

I saw this meatball recipe from Saveur website and the photo just captured my eyes. I thought I would want to make something like this too. I adapted the recipe from Saveur and I use lesser ingredients compare to the recipe in Saveur. It is quicker to make because obviously less ingredients involved and most of the ingredients are in my pantry. So, it is very likely for me to whip up a good comforting pasta with meatballs in a late afternoon.

Lamb Meatball Pasta for my comforting afternoon

These meatballs will first get browned in the pan then to be put into a pot of simmering red tomato sauce to cook until the meatballs are well cooked and coated with red tomato sauce. On the other hand, the sauce are being flavored by the meatballs. It is a process of criss crossing the flavors from both ends and joined by the pasta later. These… I mean these make my afternoon happy and comforting.

Cheers to the meatballs!

Cheers to the meatballs!

Lamb Meatball Pasta (serves 3-4 person)
Meatball recipe is adapted from Saveur

Meatballs Ingredients:

  • 500g of minced lamb
  • 150g of streaky bacon, cut into small pieces, for the fats and taste of the meatball
  • 40g of Parmesan cheese, grated
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)
  • 1 medium onion, cut into small chunks
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of italian mixed herbs
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground allspice
  • A pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of diced tomato
  • 1 can of water – use the tomato can
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of italian mix herbs
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper


  • 1 packet of dried pasta (500g)
  • 5 litres of water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt


  • Parsley, roughly chopped
  • Grated parmesan cheese


  1. Making meatballs: combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. Mix well by using hand. Wrap the bowl and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Now let’s prepare the tomato sauce to be used to cook the meatballs. In a medium pot with medium heat. Pour in the olive oil. Once it is slightly hot, put in the garlic. Before the garlic turns brown, put in the diced tomatoes along with the sauce in the can. Use the same can, put in a can of water.
  3. Add in sugar, oregano, thyme, mixed herbs and black pepper. Turn to high heat and wait until the sauce is boiling then turn to low heat. Continue to cook the sauce for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn to high heat and cook the sauce for about 10 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  4. Now we go back to the meatballs. Get the ground meat mixture out from the fridge. If you don’t want the mixture to be sticky onto your palm, get help by wetting your palm with water. Take a dollop of ground meat and shape into ball shape. About the size of ping pong ball.
  5. In a pan with medium heat, put in the olive oil. Once the oil is heated up. Put in the meatballs and fry until some parts of the meatball surface starts browning.

    Fry until the meatball surface turns brown
  6. At this time, your sauce should be ready to have the meatballs in which is roughly after 30 minutes.
  7. Put in the meatballs and continue to cook for about 30 minutes.

    Meatballs simmering in tomato sauce
  8. When your sauce is about 10 minutes away to be ready, let’s get ready the pasta. Boil the pasta in hot boiling water seasoned with salt for about 9 minutes. Note: My pasta package says 10 minutes of cooking and so I set it to 9 minutes. It should be a minute less than the cooking time suggestion on the packaging because we are going to cook the pasta with the tomato sauce for a minute or so just so for the pasta absorbs the tomato sauce.
  9. After 9 minutes, drain the pasta. Use the same pot you cook the pasta, with high heat, add in the tomato sauce and cook for about 30 seconds. Add in the pasta. Continue to cook for about 1 minute. You will see the pasta starts to absorb the sauce.
  10. Once that’s done, get the meatballs on the pasta and garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese. There you go, my comforting afternoon with lamb meatball pasta.
Lamb Meatball Pasta

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