Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce


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The best Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe you’ll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!

Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce

This Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe is the best you’ll ever find! I promise. πŸ™‚

These beautiful meatballs are extra soft, juicy, and seasoned to perfection. They’re bursting with flavors! Combined with herby wine-tomato sauce, this is the dish you’ll do over and over again.

No more boring, dry meatballs!

So right from the start, you can see that this is not a classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe. This is my version Greek version – with red wine, cinnamon, and lots of herbs. A little bit different than the regular meatballs with tomato sauce!

Cinnamon with tomatoes is fantastic and it makes the sauce WOW. It’s a popular way to season the tomato sauce in many countries and I think it’s amazing.

I absolutely love this recipe. I think you’ll love it too! Ready to learn how to make it? πŸ™‚

The best Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe you'll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!

What you need

These gorgeous greek meatballs are totally fantastic with a simple tomato sauce, but adding wine and cinnamon takes it to the next level! πŸ™‚ If you can’t consume wine, you can change it for broth. It’ll be tasty too!

There’re a few key ingredients that guarantee that the meatballs will be extra juicy and soft. These are soaked breadcrumbs in milk, grated onion with all the juices, cold water, and optionally a bit of ground pork. These ingredients are the secret to the best, moist, and tender meatballs.

So here’s what you need to make the meatballs:

  1. Ground beef good quality ground beef will work great here. It’s also a good idea to add a bit of ground pork to the beef. Pork has more fat – it’ll make the meatballs softer and juicier.
  2. Grated onion – not chopped, grated! Grated onion means more flavor and juiciness. Your meatballs will be softer and tastier.
  3. Garlic – basics.
  4. Breadcrumbs or a bread roll soaked in milk – if you want your meatballs to be soft and tender, you need to add some breadcrumbs or a bread roll soaked in milk. Both options work great!
  5. Water β€“ yes, you read it right. Adding a bit of cold water to the meat is necessary. It’ll make the meatballs juicy and soft.
  6. Egg – one will be enough.
  7. Parmesan – freshly grated will be the best.
  8. Dry or fresh herbs β€“ parsley, oregano, thyme, basil.
  9. Seasoning – paprika powder and a pinch of chilli powder or flakes.

And here’s all you need to make the best wine-tomato sauce:

  1. Passata (tomato purΓ©e) – if you can’t find it, use canned tomatoes instead.
  2. Red wine – choose semi-dry or semi-sweet red wine. I especially like semi-sweet wine here. It goes perfectly with cinnamon. You can also go with white wine if you want to, but I think the red one is the best here. If you don’t want to use alcohol, use chicken/beef broth instead.
  3. Garlic and onion – basics.
  4. Dry or fresh herbs β€“ parsley, oregano, thyme, basil.
  5. Seasoning – cinnamon.
  6. Parmesan rinds, optionally – if you’re left with some parmesan rinds, don’t throw them away! They will add a lot of flavor to the sauce!
The best Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe you'll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!
The best Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe you'll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!

How to make Greek meatballs with tomato sauce

The recipe is simple and straight forward. If you’ve never made meatballs before, you’ll be surprised how easy it is! πŸ™‚

First, you need to mix the meat with all other ingredients. The best is to do it with your hands – this way you can mix all the ingredients together correctly and feel the meat texture (it should be soft). Then, you need to form the meatballs. Start with an ice cream scoop to be sure that all of your meatballs are the same size, and finish shaping with your hands.

The best Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe you'll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!

Now, it’s time to fry the meatballs over medium heat in a large pan, skillet, or pot. Just until browned. They shouldn’t be fully cooked – they’ll finish cooking while simmering in the sauce later. Once the meatballs are browned, remove them from the pan. It’s time to make the sauce!

Add finely chopped onion and garlic to the same pan and cook until translucent. Add tomato passata, wine, herbs, and spices. Simmer until the sauce starts to slightly thicken. Then, transfer carefully the meatballs to the pan with the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes more. Top with finely chopped parsley.

Combine the meatballs with cooked, warm pasta and top with freshly grated parmesan – Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce are ready! πŸ™‚

The best Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe you'll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!
The best Greek Meatballs With Tomato Sauce recipe you'll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!

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The Best Greek Meatballs recipe you'll ever find! Delicious wine-tomato sauce with a pinch of cinnamon combined with perfectly seasoned, soft, and juicy meatballs. A truly comforting dish bursting with flavors!

Spaghetti and meatballs

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time13 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time28 mins

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Meatballs
 500 g Ground beef (or 400 g beef and 100 g pork)
 1 Small onion (grated)
 1 Garlic clove (minced)
 ½ cup Parmesan (freshly grated)
 ¼ cup Breadcrumbs
 ¼ cup Milk
 1 Egg
 1 tbsp Cold water
 1 tsp Paprika powder
 1 pinch Chilli powder
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 1 tsp Dried thyme
 1 tsp Dried basil
 1 tsp Dried parsley (or 2 tbsp fresh)
 Salt and pepper
Sauce
 400 g Passata - tomato purΓ©e (or 1 can chopped/crushed tomatoes)
 1 cup Red wine (semi-sweet or semi-dry)
  cup Water
 1 tsp Oregano
 1 tsp Thyme
 1 tsp Basil
 ¼ tsp Cinnamon
 Salt and pepper
To serve
 Fresh parsley (chopped)
 Parmesan (freshly grated)
 Pasta/Bread

1

Grate the onion. Soak breadcrumbs in milk. Grate parmesan.

2

In a big bowl combine together meat, grated onion, breadcrumbs, minced garlic, herbs, paprika powder, chilli powder, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of water. Work with the meat until soft and all the ingredients are mixed well.

3

Using an ice cream scoop and hands form meatballs.

4

Heat a large non-stick pan, skillet, or pot with a bit of olive oil over medium heat. Brown the meatballs. They shouldn't be fully cooked - just browned nicely. When ready, remove the meatballs from the pan.

5

Lower slightly the heat. Add to the same pan onion and fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic and fry for 1 minute more.

6

Add tomatoes, wine, water, herbs, cinnamon. Bring to boil. The sauce should simmer energetically for about 5 minutes, until it starts to thicken slightly.

7

When the sauce starts to thicken slightly, transfer carefully the meatballs back to the pan with all the juices.

8

Simmer the sauce with meatballs for about 10 minutes stirring very gently from time to time.

9

Top the sauce with finely chopped parsley. Serve with cooked pasta or bread and freshly grated parmesan.

Ingredients

Meatballs
 500 g Ground beef (or 400 g beef and 100 g pork)
 1 Small onion (grated)
 1 Garlic clove (minced)
 ½ cup Parmesan (freshly grated)
 ¼ cup Breadcrumbs
 ¼ cup Milk
 1 Egg
 1 tbsp Cold water
 1 tsp Paprika powder
 1 pinch Chilli powder
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 1 tsp Dried thyme
 1 tsp Dried basil
 1 tsp Dried parsley (or 2 tbsp fresh)
 Salt and pepper
Sauce
 400 g Passata - tomato purΓ©e (or 1 can chopped/crushed tomatoes)
 1 cup Red wine (semi-sweet or semi-dry)
  cup Water
 1 tsp Oregano
 1 tsp Thyme
 1 tsp Basil
 ¼ tsp Cinnamon
 Salt and pepper
To serve
 Fresh parsley (chopped)
 Parmesan (freshly grated)
 Pasta/Bread

Directions

1

Grate the onion. Soak breadcrumbs in milk. Grate parmesan.

2

In a big bowl combine together meat, grated onion, breadcrumbs, minced garlic, herbs, paprika powder, chilli powder, salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of water. Work with the meat until soft and all the ingredients are mixed well.

3

Using an ice cream scoop and hands form meatballs.

4

Heat a large non-stick pan, skillet, or pot with a bit of olive oil over medium heat. Brown the meatballs. They shouldn't be fully cooked - just browned nicely. When ready, remove the meatballs from the pan.

5

Lower slightly the heat. Add to the same pan onion and fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic and fry for 1 minute more.

6

Add tomatoes, wine, water, herbs, cinnamon. Bring to boil. The sauce should simmer energetically for about 5 minutes, until it starts to thicken slightly.

7

When the sauce starts to thicken slightly, transfer carefully the meatballs back to the pan with all the juices.

8

Simmer the sauce with meatballs for about 10 minutes stirring very gently from time to time.

9

Top the sauce with finely chopped parsley. Serve with cooked pasta or bread and freshly grated parmesan.

Greek Meatballs And Tomato Sauce

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15 Comments

  1. Marna Altman 3 June 2019 at 12:06

    These sound so delicious. Love that it is updated version of the old spaghetti and meatballs.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 3 June 2019 at 13:16

      Thanks Marna πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. Karen Giuliana 3 June 2019 at 13:08

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Love the cinnamon twist to it. I’ll be eager to see how it tastes. Love the photos too look just like out of a food magazine

    Reply
    1. Ewa 3 June 2019 at 13:17

      Thanks Karen! You have to try!!

      Reply
  3. Kendra 3 June 2019 at 13:11

    This looks great! I love the idea of adding cinnamon! I must try this!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 3 June 2019 at 13:17

      Thanks Kendra πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll enjoy it!

      Reply
  4. April J Harris 3 June 2019 at 16:25

    Your Spaghetti and Meatballs look amazing, Ewa! I love the addition of the cinnamon, and all the other lovely flavours you have used. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a lovely day!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 3 June 2019 at 16:29

      Thanks April πŸ™‚ You have to try! πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week!

      Reply
  5. Jasmine Watts 4 June 2019 at 06:55

    This recipe looks delicious! My niece loves spaghetti and I think this will be perfect for her.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 4 June 2019 at 07:37

      Thanks Jasmine πŸ™‚ I hope you will like it!

      Reply
  6. zim 5 June 2019 at 05:53

    I haven’t made meatballs in a while, but yours seem so delicious and moist (mine used to come out very dry, so I kind of gave up). I’m pinning this for future reference. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Reply
  7. Teresa 6 June 2019 at 11:32

    This is definitely be a favorite with the kids. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 6 June 2019 at 16:21

      Thanks Teresa πŸ™‚

      Reply
  8. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome 8 June 2019 at 14:16

    I love spaghetti and meatballs. I’ve never used cinnamon before but it sounds like a great flavor addition. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 9 June 2019 at 07:52

      Thanks Helen, you have to try!

      Reply

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