Spaghetti with Lamb Koftas

"A delicious, hearty, wholesome meal with pantry items that's bound to please even the fussiest eater. There are 5 steps to this dish. Step 1 is cooking the pasta. Step 2 is making the lamb kofats while the pasta is cooking. Step 3 is making the herbed panko crumbs. Step 4 is making the marinara sauce while the pasta is cooking as well. Step 5 is assembly. For the purpose of ease, the marinara sauce as well as the koftas can be done ahead of time. That way, its a very quick meal to put together."
-- @sarchakra
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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 40mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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  • 1 packet spaghetti
  • 16 ounces lamb mince
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp crushed cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 cans diced fire roasted tomatoes 14.5x2
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cut into ribbons baby spinach


  • Step 1

    Cook spaghetti/pasta according to box directions. While that is cooking, make the koftas.

  • Step 2

    For lamb Koftas: Mix together lamb mince, 2 tbsp garlic, 1 egg beaten, 1 tbsp turmeric, ¼ cup Panko bread crumbs, 1 tsp each of crushed cumin and coriander seeds,1 tbsp cracked black pepper and 1 tsp dried mint. Shape into balls. Heat aebleskiver pan. Brush with oil in each of the pan cups and put a ball of mince meat on it. Cook rotating halfway till done. It shouldn’t take very long at all so keep watch.

  • Step 3

    For Herbed panko: Melt butter in the microwave for 10 seconds. Combine ½ cup Panko bread crumbs, 1 tbsp dried basil, 1 tbsp dried parsley, salt, 1 tbsp onion flakes, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp red pepper flakes and 1 tsp paprika. Mix into the melted butter.

  • Step 4

    For Marinara Sauce: Heat olive oil. Stir in 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic. Let it cook for a few seconds till golden. Take care not to burn it. Add 2 tbsp tomato paste and fry for a min or so till aromatic. Add in 2 canned fire roasted tomatoes, salt, onion flakes, 1 tbsp pepper and cook for 5-6 mins.

  • Step 5

    Add in lamb koftas into the marinara and simmer on low for 10 mins.

  • Step 6

    Assembly: Mix in spaghetti with marinara sauce and meatballs. Top with panko mixture. Put in the oven at broil for 3 mins or so till the top is golden. Garnish with spinach ribbons.

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