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Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce(African Style)

African Meatballs in Tomato Sauce- Soft and Tender Meatballs cooked in a spicy tomato Sauce.
Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -5
Calories 311kcal
Author Imma


  • 1- pound ground beef meat )
  • 2 slice bread about 28 grams
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ tsp. salt or more adjust to suit taste buds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • ¼ small onion grated about 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon minced hot pepper or cayenne pepper optional, adjust to taste
  • Sauce
  • ½ - ¾ cup cooking oil canola , olive oil
  • 2 14- ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3- teaspoon garlic
  • 1- teaspoon fresh thyme or dried
  • 1- teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Maggie bouillon powder optional
  • Hot pepper cayenne, scotch bonnet to taste optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry optional
  • 1-2 cups broth beef or chicken
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak bread and milk. Set it aside
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef with soaked bread mixture.
  • Then add parsley, white pepper, grated onions, hot pepper, minced garlic. Lightly mix the meatballs with your hands and shape into balls about 14-16 balls - do not over mix. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.
  • In a large saucepan, add about 1/4 cup oil, bring to medium heat. Add meat balls let it sit for at least at least 3 minutes or more before moving it around. Lower flame if necessary to prevent it from browning too fast you may do do in 2 batches (depending on the size of your pan) brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Add chopped onion, thyme and garlic to perfume the oil, stir for about a minute.
  • Next add tomato sauce, curry, white pepper, hot pepper and paprika. Stir the pot frequently to prevent the sauce from sticking to the pot
  • Add salt and bouillon according to preference with about 2 cups of stock. Bring to a boil and let it simmer to blend all the flavors- about 30 minutes or more –stirring occasionally
  • Add meatballs about 10- 15 minutes before sauce is ready. Adjust seasonings, sauce consistency with water/stock and salt.
  • Serve warm over spaghetti


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1471mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1320IU | Vitamin C: 17.6mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 4.8mg