Meatballs with couscous

Meatballs with couscous




  • 600g beef mince
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • half a cup breadcrumbs or cornflake crumbs
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups couscous
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • half a cup flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped


Combine mince, tomato paste, water and crumbs in a large bowl. Mix well and form 2 tablespoonfuls of mixture into small meatballs. I made about 20 meatballs.

Heat a non-stick frypan to medium heat. Add oil and cook meatballs until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Bring stock to the boil in a small saucepan, stir in couscous and spices and turn off heat. Leave to absorb stock for 5 minutes, then use a fork to separate the couscous grains, stir in oil and parsley.

Serve meatballs with couscous.


  • The sweet-spicy couscous is a nice contrast to the meatballs. I make these meatballs quite plain so that my kids will eat them. Leftover meatballs can be reheated the next night and presented as mini cheeseburgers.
  • Try serving the meatballs with toothpicks on the side the kids will have a ball (pardon the pun) stabbing the meatballs, dropping them on the floor etc.
  • Recipe created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot.

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