Mini Meatball Risotto with Goat Cheese

A #SundaySupper Mini Meatball and Goat Cheese Risotto

In International Food by Amanda Mouttaki47 Comments

Even though today is the first day of fall, the weather barely feels like it. Our daily temperatures are still topping 90F, while evenings cool down to the mid-60’s. I am seeing so many friends posting pictures of the leaves changing colors, apple orchards, jeans and sweaters, and all of the other signs of fall. I don’t know when fall will really arrive here, but I’m still going to embrace the season!  If you haven’t guessed, the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper is fall. I haven’t participated in several weeks, I’ll admit the move has me a bit off but I’m finally getting into a good rhythm so I am looking forward to getting back to normal.

Mini Meatball Risotto with Goat Cheese


The nights have cooled down and that’s prompted me to start making warm foods for dinner time. This risotto is the first “comfort food” item I made. I wanted to make something creamy, that sticks to your ribs and fills you up.  This did it.  I worried my boys would turn up their noses at the carrots but their reaction was completely the opposite.

Mini Meatball Love

One thing about eating in Morocco is that hands are used way more than silverware.  Instead of eating this with a spoon, my boys grabbed bread and started scooping it up. Yes, double the starch! I’ll admit it, once I ate some, I used bread to soak up the sauce that was left. This dish is so easy, and you can prepare it in under 30 minutes. If you’ve got leftovers (just in case – you probably won’t!) mix in an egg and some bread crumbs.  Form the rice into balls and coat with bread crumbs then fry.  You’ll have a tasty appetizer for the next day.

Risotto with Meatballs

A #SundaySupper Mini Meatball and Goat Cheese Risotto


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup arborio or long grain rice
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp goat cheese
  • 3 cups chicken stock


  • Mix together ground beef, salt, pepper, and cumin. Roll into small meatballs the size of marbles.
  • Mince 1 onion and 3 cloves of garlic. Peel 2 carrots and dice as small as possible.
  • Add 1 tsp vegetable oil, and 1 tsp butter to a large saute pan, and cook onions, garlic, and carrots until onions are translucent.
  • Once onions have softened, add meatballs and cook 5-7 minutes.
  • Cut the tomatoes in half and use a box grater to grate the insides of the tomato into the pan with the meatballs. Discard skin of tomatoes.
  • Add 1 cup of rice to pan, stirring well to combine with the tomato.
  • As the liquid reduces, add the chicken stock, 1 cup at a time. Adding more as the liquid boils down.
  • When the rice is cooked through, stir in the goat cheese to thicken the dish.
  • Serve hot.

My fellow #SundaySupper bloggers are making some really delicious dishes that just scream fall.

Take a peek – which recipe are you most looking forward to trying?

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Amanda MouttakiA #SundaySupper Mini Meatball and Goat Cheese Risotto


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  6. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Amanda, your son is adorable! I’m not ashamed to admit that as a thirty-some-odd-year-old woman, I LOVE eating with my hands. I will literally scoop rice with my bare hand and stuff it into my mouth. My husband thinks it’s real classy ;) This dish looks ridiculously delicious! Meat ‘n rice will always be go-to comfort food for me.

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  10. The Ninja Baker

    Yummy! Love that your risotto comes together in 30 minutes, Amanda. Especially when it looks to be an extra tasty risotto =) Great idea to add the goat cheese, too.

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  13. Stacy

    Those tiny little meatballs are adorable, Amanda. No wonder your boys ate them with relish. Glad to hear you are settling in. I would LOVE evening temperature in the 60s. It’s still warm at night in Dubai although not quite as hot as it is during the day. Thank God.

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  29. Bea

    It sounds like you are settling in – very nice :) I love the picture of your son enjoying this wonderful meal. Now, I personally like to double up carbs myself :)

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