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spanish meatballs
Spanish Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
These Spanish meatballs with tomato sauce are a Mediterranean twist to your regular meatballs. They are full in flavor and easy to make.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: albondigas, spanish meatballs
Servings: 12 meatballs
Ingredients
For the meatballs
  • 500 gr lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion cut into tiny cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
For the sauce
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes 400gr
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs in a big bowl and combine using your hands.
  2. Shape the meat into bite-size meatballs.
  3. Heat a big pan and sear the meatballs on all sides. Take the meatballs out of the pan.
Sauce
  1. In the same pan, add 3 garlic cloves minced with olive oil. Cook for 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the cooked meatballs and cook for 5 minutes more. Serve.