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June 11, 2022
Middle Eastern Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Sometimes, you need a new twist on a favorite. That’s why these Middle Eastern Spiced Meatballs is a terrific option.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bulger
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 can (15-ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8-ounce) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth


Combine the beef, half the chopped onion, egg, bulger, cilantro, 1 garlic clove, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Shape into 30 meatballs.

Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat.  Add remaining one-half of the onions and 2 garlic cloves. Cook, stirring frequently until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, and remaining salt & pepper. Add meatballs and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until meatballs are cooked through, and sauce thickens slightly., about 20 minutes.

Serve over whole-wheat spaghetti for an extra dose of fiber!

Fading Memories was created to support family caregivers in a simple, on-demand form. When I was looking for advice on caring for my Mom, I needed this podcast. Since it didn’t exist, I created what I needed!
Jen – pod host

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