Meatballs in Spiced Tomato Sauce

Frozen meatballs save time and energy in this tasty weeknight main, while ground cumin and cinnamon amp up the flavor of canned tomato soup to create a fragrant sauce.

Meatballs in Spiced Tomato Sauce
Photo: Johnny Autry
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 1 tablespoon canola or avocado oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 11-ounce can condensed tomato soup

  • ¾ cup low-sodium beef broth

  • 1 pound frozen Italian-style meatballs

  • 2 ½ cups cooked whole-wheat couscous

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and cinnamon; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in soup, broth and meatballs and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve over couscous, sprinkled with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

418 Calories
11g Fat
59g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 418
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 8g
Added Sugars 4g 8%
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 698mg 30%
Potassium 352mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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