Recipe: North African Meatball Stew

Last Updated on November 2, 2021 by Ellen Christian

1 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup diced tomatoes
3/4 cup water
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

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1. Mix together beef, cilantro, 1 tsp of cumin, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp of pepper in a large bowl, just until well combined. Shape into 24 (1-inch) meatballs.

2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, water, tomato paste, and remaining 1 tsp cumin, 3/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper. Bring to boil.

3. Add meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat and simmer covered until meatballs are cooked through and sauce is thickened about 30 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and sprinkle with mint.

Serve over couscous. 2/3 cup of sauce with 6 meatballs over 2/3 cup of couscous is 8 Points Plus for Weight Watchers.

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