Spicy Lamb Meatballs and Couscous recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Minced lamb and spices are formed into meatballs, then simmered in a rich tomato sauce in this easy recipe. The herby couscous soaks up all the juices. Perfect for a mid-week dinner for all the family.


  • 500g minced lamb
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chilli flakes
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • Chicken stock
  • Oil
  • 200g couscous
  • Small handful each freshly chopped parsley and coriander.


  1. Finely dice the red onion and mince the garlic cloves. In a bowl, mix the lamb, red onion, garlic, ginger and half of the spices. Form together and mix well with your hands, then roll into smallish meatballs.

  2. Heat a little oil in a pot and fry the meatballs until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon. Add the tomatoes, a dash of stock and the rest of the spices, stir and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until thickened, then add the meatballs. Simmer for 10 minutes or until tender.

  3. Put the couscous into a bowl and cover with about an inch of stock. Leave to sit until the couscous is fluffed up and add the herbs. Mix with a fork. Serve the meatballs over the couscous.

You can use passata instead of chopped tomatoes in this recipe if you like, or freshly chopped tomatoes. Recipe serves 4.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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