Mediterean Pasta with Lamb Meatballs

Mediterean Pasta with Lamb Meatballs
Mediterean Pasta with Lamb Meatballs

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

55

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

55

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2

    pounds ground lamb

  • Spice mix, divided, recipe follows

  • 15

    mini unsalted matzoh crackers, ground into crumbs

  • 5

    cloves garlic, minced, divided

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 1

    cup feta cheese, divided

  • 2

    tablespoons olive oil

  • 2

    shallots, minced

  • 2

    (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3/4

    cup fat free, low-sodium chicken stock

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 2

    green onions, finely sliced

  • 12

    ounces spaghetti

  • Spice mix:

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 1

    teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1/2

    teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1

    teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1/2

    teaspoon dried marjoram

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 1/2

    teaspoons granulated onion

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For meatballs: combine lamb, 2 teaspoons of the spice mix, the ground matzoh crackers, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 cup feta cheese. Mix until combined but do not overmix. Divide into 16 equal portions; shape into meatballs. Place meatballs on rack over cookie sheet so grease will drain from meatballs while cooking; bake 20 minutes. For sauce: heat olive oil in saucepan over medium heat and add shallots and remaining garlic. Cook until limp and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, remainder of spice mix, cinnamon, pepper, remainder of the salt, chicken stock, and parsley. Bring to boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until thick, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. To cooked sauce add sliced green onion, and meatballs stirring gently to coat. Serve meatballs with sauce over pasta and garnish with remaining feta cheese.

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