Beef Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Serves 2 (meals)


  • 250g beef mince
  • ½ small onion, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Dash of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 20g parmesan, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Salt and black pepper

Tomato sauce

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 200g canned tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. To make the meatballs, mix together all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Work mixture with hands until smooth, then shape into 12 balls.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs, then place in a roasting dish.
  5. To make the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the garlic for 1 minute.
  6. Add tomatoes, paprika, water, salt, pepper and ½ tablespoon of oregano.
  7. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until reduced and thickened.
  8. Pour the sauce over the meatballs, place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
  9. Scatter over the remaining oregano to serve.

Tip: You can replace the beef mince with chicken mince in this recipe.

  • Energy 1136kJ
  • Protein 30g
  • Fat 15g
  • Carbs 4g

38 Reviews


Thu Apr 06, 2017 at 8:25 PM

Cooked these for the whole family tonight and they were great! My partner was naming other things we can use the sauce with!


Mon Aug 08, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Sounds great but me + eggs + bad news. What could I substitute?


Wed May 27, 2015 at 8:33 PM

Made four times the quantities and added 4 teaspoons of chilli flakes to the sauce plus used smoky paprika. I made four times the quantity as I suspected this would be as delicious as it in fact was so needed extra to freeze for another day.


Mon May 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Made this and it is AMAZING! Even made extra sauce and baked some white fish in it. Delicious!!


Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Soo yummy! This will def be a regular dinner :)


Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Wow that was amaze balls I loved it I was 130 kilos when I stared this and now I am 67


Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM

This is sooo yummy. My partner loved it as well. Definitely one of my favourite dishes =)

Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 8:02 AM

They tasted Devine. Will make it again that is for sure. I added chilli instead of tabasco. Served it on a bed of rocket. I did find my meatballs very fragile and they broke very easily while Browning. Maybe there was too much liquid in there?


Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 6:56 PM

really loved this easy recipe. I find lean beef mince very dry, so I used half and half beef and pork mince. Didn't have fresh parsley, but also didn't miss it. Served it with a green leafy salad, cucumber and home grown tomatoes with balsamic dressing. Love Love Love!!!


Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

These were great. Had them for dinner tonight. I had it with cabbage spaghetti. So good. Will definatley be having these again.


Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I might have to try these out too.
rfraser - not sure if you have found slim pasta yet but i recently did and although it doesn't taste like the real thing, it's certainly a great substitute. It is made from a vegetable called Konjac & has pretty much 0 carbs & calories. I found pasta, noodles & rice in the health food section of safeway. Near the gluten free stuff.


Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 2:35 PM

These turned out beautifully! I was really looking forward to trying them after reading all the comments and they did not disappoint! I have one of those veggie peeler/gadgets that turns zucchini etc. in to spaghetti shapes so I had it with zucchini 'spaghetti' instead of real pasta and everyone loved it (even friends who aren't doing CS)!!


Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Please tell me what slim pasta is?


Fri May 10, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Just made this for dinner tonight, it was delicious and my son loved it too. He had his with pasta and i had a little salad with mine. Will definately make it again!!!


Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I tried this out yesterday, added a chilli instead of Tabasco sauce, it was a major hit! My other half made himself some pasta to go with it. The sauce was delish too !


Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Omg these were amazing!!!! Would they be freezable? I made way too much :)

Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 6:27 PM

i had everything but the lemon zest and they were squishy and fell apart. not much of a chef- any suggestions?


Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Another amazing meal I must say it so good..


Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Oh & instead of Tabasco sauce I added some sweet chili.


Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 5:04 PM

In the oven as I type, really easy to make and smells amazing. So excited :D


Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

these are soooo good!! I forgot to add the tabasco sauce (oops) so I will make sure to add it in next time


Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 3:46 PM

can you leave the tabasco sauce out?

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Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 8:08 PM

this is absolutely beautiful... even the kids enjoyed this with spaghetti but my husband an i had it with salad no pasta


Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 11:37 PM

This was very yummy served with slim pasta. I also used italian herbs as I had no oregano!!


Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Hi ElleCrawford07, Nutritional Information is now listed at the end of the recipe :)

MikeStigs19, Essentially the instruction is there to make you aware that you'll need to have the oven hot by the time you're ready to put the meatballs in, so you can certainly use your own judgement to decide at what point you'd like to start heating the oven. You are right that it might take most people a while to prepare the meatballs and sauce, but it can also be done relatively quickly if you have the ingredients prepared and you work in an efficient and quick manner. We hope you enjoyed the meatballs!


Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 9:37 PM

what's the point of preheating the oven so early on. I think it's to list that as step 1 because it will be 40 to 60 minutes before the preperation is complete and it does not take that long for an oven to reach that temprature.


Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I cooked this last night. Loved it. Might add more to the meatballs next time (grated carrot and Zucchini). Served on a bed of sauteed cabbage. Even have left overs for another night.


Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Are you able to tell us how many calories are in these recipes?


Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Never been a lover of meatballs but this was very tasty.


Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 6:39 AM

this souns lush, will be goin to make this wud b nice with sum veg


Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 5:25 AM

Im not the best cook in the world if im honest, but i followed the recipe and instructions carefully, and it was LOVELY. Deffo going to be one of my faves!! I didn't use veg or salad with it either, it was pretty filling on it's own!


Wed Jul 06, 2011 at 11:45 PM

made it last night soooooo yummy!!!


Sun May 22, 2011 at 9:42 PM

One of my favorite :)


Sat May 07, 2011 at 4:30 AM

I have just had this with a side salad, didnt even miss not having spagetti or bread. it was YUMMY!!!


Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

I used to make these even before i started CS so im very glad i can still have them... :)

Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 2:03 AM

i made this yesterday omg yummy i added a few chilli peppers to make it a little spicy and it really fills you aswell


Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 5:07 AM

its great, i make this meatball dish and the chicken and spinach curry for dinner all the time before starting this program and now I can still eat my favorite foods. Its just an amazing plan!!


Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 3:48 AM

I tried this today and it was AMAZING! loved it! Will deffo be trying it again. :)

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