These easy, full-flavored meatballs are perfect in pasta, as an appetizer, or in a sandwich.


Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

25 mins
10 mins

Flavorful, easy, and versatile—that's the name of the game with this simple meatball recipe that highlights tender lamb and frozen spinach, which brings welcome moisture to the mixture. These are joined by a generous amount of salty pecorino Romano cheese, fresh mint for a ping of herbal balance, and spices to elevate the flavor profile. The result is a sophisticated meatball (yes, it's possible) that's perfect for tossing with pasta, dipping into a yogurt-based sauce, or piling onto soft bread for an easy sandwich. P.S. You could also use the mixture to make lamb burgers. Shape the mixture into 6 patties and grill or bake.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. Place lamb, egg, spinach, cheese, breadcrumbs, milk, mint, salt, cumin, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Lightly mix together using your hands until ingredients are evenly distributed (do not overmix).

  • Shape mixture into 1-inch balls, and arrange evenly spaced in rows on prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until bottoms are browned and a thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat registers 160°F, about 15 minutes.