Meatballs in tomato sauce

Meatballs in tomato sauce

A classic comfort dish with a hint of whiskey. Perfect for a family dinner, serve with mashed potatoes and peas and carrots.
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Gang: Main course
Cuisine: Belgian
Keyword: children, ground meat, meat
Totale Tijd: 1 hour 30 minutes
Porties: 5
Calorieën: 550kcal


  • 1 l water
  • 2 Cubes Beef broth
  • 1 Kg Mixed minced meat
  • spice mix (here spaghetti seasoning)
  • 3 big tins of tomato paste
  • 1 l whole milk
  • 200 g butter
  • 200 g flower
  • 1 Squeezy Whiskey or Cognac


  • Put on the water and add the beef stock
  • Mix the minced meat with the herbs. Wet your hands and roll the balls. By keeping your hands wet, the minced meat will not stick to your hands.
  • Cook the balls in the broth for up to 10 minutes.
  • Brown the balls briefly.
  • In a large bowl, melt the butter and add the flour. Stir well and you get a roux. Let it warm gently for up to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. This way you get the flour flavor out of the roux (and therefore the sauce).
  • Pour the milk into the roux little by little and stir well until the roux is completely absorbed by the milk. Clumps? Don’t panic – keep stirring and if it doesn’t work, just bring out your mixer.
  • Add the beef broth as well.
  • Add the tomato paste can by can until you have a sufficient red tomato sauce (both in terms of sight and taste). This can be up to 3 cans.
  • Add a dash of whiskey or cognac and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the balls.


Calories: 550kcal



  • For a spicy touch, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the tomato sauce.
  • Replace some of the minced meat with minced veal or pork for a different flavor.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, omit the whiskey/brandy or substitute with balsamic vinegar.
  • Add finely chopped vegetables such as onion, bell peppers, or mushrooms for extra flavor and texture.
  • Serve over spaghetti or with a side of toasted garlic bread for a filling meal.

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