Lamb Meatballs with a Spicy Tomato Sauce


Slimming Eats Lamb Meatballs with a Spicy Tomato Sauce - gluten free, dairy free, paleo, Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly

These Lamb meatballs in a spicy but slightly sweet sauce are delicious. I served topped with homemade mint yoghurt and rice, but they would be great with a variety of different sides.

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo, Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly 

Slimming Eats Recipe

Original/SP – 3 syns per serving (without rice)

Extra Easy – 3 syns per serving

*NOTE: Be sure to check the syn value of the lean lamb mince you use, as syn values may vary.

Lamb Meatballs with a Spicy Tomato Sauce
Serves 4
  • 600g (28oz) of lean lamb mince (9 syns)*
  • fresh coriander
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • salt
  • 360ml (1.5 cups) of passata
  • 360ml (1.5 cups) of chicken stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (3 syns)
  • oil spray
  1. In large bowl, add the lamb mince, a few tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander, 1 finely chopped red chilli, 1 clove of garlic, some freshly grated ginger and salt and pepper and bind it all together. Form into equal sized meatballs.
  2. Spray a frying pan with some oil spray, and brown the meatballs. Then set aside.
  3. Add the onion, remaining garlic, some fresh ginger, and the carrot to the frying pan and cook for 2-3 mins until softened.
  4. Add the passata, stock, all the spices and maple syrup and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, return meatballs to the pan, cover and simmer for approx 30 minutes.
  5. Top with some freshly chopped coriander.
  6. Serve with steamed basmati rice or cauli rice and some mint yoghurt (yoghurt, with fresh mint, lemon juice), for a dairy free option, drizzle with some coconut milk.


Slimming Eats Lamb Meatballs with a Spicy Tomato Sauce - gluten free, dairy free, paleo, Slimming World (SP) and Weight Watchers friendly

The recipe above has been calculated for Slimming World, however for those of you following the Weight Watchers plan or another calorie controlled type diet. Below is the approx. nutritional information:


1 serving (no rice)





Saturated Fat


Total Carbohydrate


Dietary Fibre






  • StaceyUK

    This looks DIVINE!! Cant’ wait to try it tonight!!!

  • Claire Nealon


    I made these tonight, they were delicious! I wasn’t sure, as I had beef mince, rather than lamb. Plus I didn’ have fresh ginger and coriander – but I used the dried variety and it still worked.

    Thanks for a great recipe my friend xxx

  • admin

    I like your variation. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 – Hope you are doing okay?

  • carol

    I’ve just made these and they were absolutely delicious! I love it that you use the cheaper cuts of meat, mince etc, I am on a tight budget and your menus are great for me! Thanks so much x

  • admin

    thanks for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed them. It is definately one of my favorite recipes.

  • Helen W

    These are absolutely delish, I made them with beef mince as I could not get lamb mince and they are so tasty and rich. I would really recommend this recipe. Yet another slimming eats triump I love this website 🙂

  • Rach

    Hey you,

    just tried these tonight and OMG! You did it again. Always come here when stuck for ideas. thanks you little genius! xx

  • admin

    glad you liked them. It is one of my fav recipes now 🙂

  • Ian

    Made these at the weekend and the went down a treat, Everyone loved them and they are now a firm family favourite

  • Lizabeth

    I made these last night and they were really tasty. Like some of the others, I used beef mince instead of lamb but only because hubby doesn’t like lamb!

    Would I be correct in supposing that mine were syn free as I used granulated sweetner instead of ordinary sugar (diabetic).

  • admin

    good to hear you enjoyed it and it worked well with beef too. Yes you are right, it would be syn free when using sweetener instead of sugar.

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  What a fantastic recipe, the meatballs were fantastic-not greasy at all like some meatballs can be and the tomato sauce was gorgeous.  Will definitely be making this again!