Meatballs with Tagine Sauce

Another great recipe from Annabel Karmel’s book: 100 Family Meals. This intrigued me as it was a different take on pasta and meatballs which is a favourite meal in our house. I have to say the result was a resounding success, the spices create an amazing taste (even picky middle child enjoyed it). So go ahead and give it a try, I hope you enjoy it too!


For the meatballs
125g pork or chickenĀ  mince
125g beef mince
30g fresh breadcrumbs
15gĀ  parmesan grated
Half tsp chopped coriander
1 egg yolk

For the tagine sauce
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
150g butternut squash coarsely grated
Half tsp fresh ginger, grated
Half tsp garam masala
Half tsp ground cinnamon
Half tsp ground coriander
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
250 ml chicken stock
1 tsp sundried tomato paste
1 tsp honey
200g pasta or rice



First make the tagine sauce.

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and butternut squash. Saute for 5 minutes, then add the ginger.

Add the spices and fry for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients. Season and simmer for 10 minutes until the onion and squash are soft. Blend using a hand blender until smooth. Pour back into the saucepan.

To make the meatballs put all of the ingredients into a bowl. Season and mix together . Shape into 20 balls.

Bring the sauce up to the boil, then drop the meatballs in a single layer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the pasta or rise according the packet instructions and drain.

Serve the meatballs with the pasta or rice.


There are a couple of shortcuts you can take here, to make life easier.

  1. Use ready made meatballs.
  2. Asda sell packs of ready peeled and cut butternut squash/Sweet potato.
  3. You don’t need to blend the sauce as long as it is cooked well.

Do you have any good meatball recipes?

Annabel Karmel: 100 Family Meals



My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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