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I came home after work to nothing in the fridge 😦 and I really didn’t feel like going food shopping. Thankfully I had some mince in the freezer and an onion, so I thought I’d make some meatballs and I got a thumbs up from my lunch club at work when I brought the left-overs in, I always use this as my thermometer of success.

I didn’t have any fresh tomatoes, only canned ones so I thought I’d try adding cumin to give my sauce a bit more flavour.

What you will need:
(feeds 3)

400 grams of mince
1 onion
1 tbs of cumin
Chilli flakes (to taste)
Stock cube
2 tbs Soy sauce
1 tbs of sugar
2 garlic cloves
Thyme (or any other herb you fancy)
Salt and pepper (to taste)


In a bowl put you mince and add to it chopped garlic, chilli flakes, thyme, salt and pepper and massage together. You can also add an egg, but I didn’t have one and it worked fine without. Make small balls of meat (you can make them the size you want), I made them about the size of brussel sprouts.

In a sauce pan heat your oil and add the onions, after 1 minute add the cumin, stock cube, soy sauce, sugar, tyme and salt and pepper. Stir ingredients and once it comes to boil add the meatballs, cook for 5 minutes and then turn the heat down and let it simmer for another 15 minutes. Serve with spaghetti.

You can simmer your tomato sauce for longer if you have time before adding your meatballs. You can also fry your meatballs in a pan before adding them to your sauce, all depends on how hungry you are 🙂