Lamb and Cumin Meatballs in Harrisa Spiced tomato sauce with Mozzarella

Lamb Meatballs in a spiced Oregano tomato sauce and mozzarella – this recipe is one of those that isn’t pretty but tastes amazing 😉

This is a wonderfully fragrant Sunday Lunch alternative with Lamb mince, harrisa, Oregano, Passata and Mozzarella melted over the top – 😍


I start with the Meatballs, I have a kilo of Lamb Mince, I like to make Double and freeze half – makes an easy meal for when I can’t be fussed to cook 😉


I soaked a bread roll in water


This is then wrung out for adding to the mince, yes its carbs, but without the bread the Meatballs will be very dense, and per meatball there is very little bread, this is for a kilo of mince.


I chop 2 medium onion and 3 cloves of garlic and a lump of the mega Courgette from yesterday, add to the Thermomix bowl to chop for 5 seconds speed 4, scrape down the bowl and add a glug of olive oil, salt, pepper, a tablespoon of Oregano and 2 teaspoons of Cumin


This cooked for 5 minutes at Varoma temperature till softened.


Leave this to cool a little,


before adding to the soaked bread and mince in a large bowl – I like to get my hands in and ensure it’s all fully mixed together.

I leave this in the fridge for at least and hour. The chopping and frying, can of course be done by hand with a knife and frying pan.


I use my hands and make the Meatballs around the size of a golf ball.

I freeze half at this stage 🤗


Fry off the Meatballs to brown them in a little olive oil, do this in batches


place the browned Meatballs into an ovenproof dish,


In the pan, add a splash of olive oil, 4 crushed cloves of garlic, over a medium heat,


add a good squeeze of harrisa (use tomato purée and some chilli if no harrisa),


Stir though before adding a tin of crushed tomatoes, and a good sprinkle of Oregano gently simmer till cooked down and thick and glossy.


Taste and season the sauce before pouring over the Meatballs.




Tear a ball or 2 of Mozzarella over the sauce, sprinkle with cracked black pepper and a little Oregano and into a hot oven for 20 minutes till golden and bubbling.


I eat this with a spoon

Not sponsored – but one of my favourites – Portuguese wine is amazing 

and a glass of delicious Portuguese Douro fruity red, a heavy wine can cope with the rich delicious flavours.

Crusty rolls or Cous Cous for the menfolk, if they wish 😉

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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