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Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs)

Servings: 8
Calories: 373kcal


  • 3 lbs pork and beef mixed ground burger
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 eggs cracked
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs not seasoned
  • 1/3 cup white wine dry, not sweet
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Tomato sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 good pinch saffron threads
  • 1 cup water

Tomato Sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cans San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • salt


  • Gently mix together ground burger, parsley, garlic, eggs, breadcrumbs, wine, a good pinch of salt and pepper. Let sit for about 30 minutes.
  • Shape into small meatballs about one inch round by rolling between your hands.
  • Spread out flour on a rimmed sheet pan and roll your meatballs all over, lightly coating in flour.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom fry pan over medium high heat. Working in batches, add meatballs to pan and cook about 5 minutes turning frequently.
  • Once browned, transfer to a bowl or plate and continue cooking the rest. It's OK if they are not completely cooked through as they will finish cooking in the tomato sauce.
  • While they are cooking, grind your saffron threads and mix into water. Set aside.
  • Once all meatballs are browned, combine meatballs and tomato sauce in pan.
  • Pour in saffron liquid and gently stir to combine. Let simmer about 10-20 minutes. Taste and add additional pepper and salt if needed.
  • Serve with sliced rustic bread to mop up the tomato sauce.

Making the Tomato Sauce

  • In a separate large pot heat oil. Add onion and cook until translucent.
  • Pour in tomatoes, breaking up the whole ones.
  • Stir in sugar, pepper and salt.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes allowing flavours to combine.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree tomatoes. Keep warm.


Serving: 200g | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 848mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 6mg