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Meatballs in tomato sauce.
These versatile mixtures of ground meat, veggies and spices can be a great dinner option served over noodles or rice. Different flavor combinations can change the basic recipe for endless variety. This page contains recipes for meatballs.
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By 4 found this helpful
December 2, 2011
This is one of my favorite recipes. It's a real change of pace from the usual. The meatballs are tender and flavorful, and the sauce is to die for. I usually double or even triple the sauce since it is just wonderful over rice.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (ground pork or turkey is good too)
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. cumin
Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Directions:

Mix the meat and the rest of the meatball ingredients lightly, working it as little as possible to get it thoroughly mixed. Shape into 16 meatballs. Place on a foil lined broiler pan and make the sauce.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a skillet. Saute the onion until it is softening. Add the coriander, ginger and cayenne and stir it in until the onion is fully tender. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring constantly for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat.

Place the meatballs under a preheated broiler 4 inches from the heat. Broil for 3 minutes. Brush on the sauce and continue broiling for 3 minutes. Turn the meatballs and brush more sauce on. Broil for 3 or 4 more minutes, until cooked through.

You may also brown the meatballs in a skillet, then add them to the sauce in its skillet. I do this when I double or triple the sauce. Once browned, I simmer them, stirring often, until they are done.

This is good served with rice or pasta.

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

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By 5 found this helpful
March 2, 2012
Mini meatballs that pack a flavor punch. Children love them because they are kid-sized.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup minced green pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:

Put the first set of ingredients in a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Don't mix them up yet, they will be more tender if you keep the mixing to a minimum. Put the second set of ingredients in the well and let the liquids soak into the bread crumbs.

Now mix it all up with a spoon, using your hands only at the end, to make sure it is mixed thoroughly.

Using a tablespoon at a time, form into balls. Handle as briefly as possible. I use a meatball maker that makes 6 at a time, very handly.

On medium high heat brown on all sides. Reduce heat and cook through, or finish cooking in a sauce, soup, or stew.

By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH

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July 25, 20051 found this helpful

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup onion (minced)
  • 1 egg (unbeaten)
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 cup milk

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits (includes juice)
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup green pepper (chopped)

Directions

Mix together all meatball ingredients. Shape into small meatballs. Melt 1 Tbsp. shortening and brown meatballs until cooked. Remove from skillet and pour off fat.

Make sauce of cornstarch and brown sugar. Stir in juice from can of pineapple tidbits (juice only), vinegar and soy sauce. Pour sauce into a skillet and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Add meatballs and pineapple tidbits and heat thoroughly. Lastly, add chopped green pepper so it will be crunchy. Serve with rice or alone.

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By Robin

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By 4 found this helpful
October 7, 2010

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 2 Tbsp. onion
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal or crackers
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions:

Mix together hamburger, onion, egg, and milk. Add remaining ingredients; make into balls. Roll in flour and brown. Place in casserole dish and sprinkle with flour. Pour 2 cups tomato juice over meatballs. Bake for 1 hour in 350 degree F oven.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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January 18, 2011

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 Tbsp. onion flakes
  • 3/4 cup crushed corn flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
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  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a large bowl, combine ground pork, onion, corn flakes, salt, pepper, and egg. In a small bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, and dry mustard. Spoon 2 tablespoons of ketchup mixture into pork and mix well.

Spray muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray.

Form 6 meatballs and place in muffin tin. Coat top of each meatball with a spoonful of remaining ketchup mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes or until done.

By Jodi from Aurora, CO

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By 1 found this helpful
July 23, 2009

Yummy and kids love it. Mix the stove top stuffing according to directions. Put aside. Mix ground beef with egg, milk and oatmeal. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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February 26, 20050 found this helpful

Mix meats and bread crumbs, onion, eggs, half and half and seasonings. Chill overnight or several hours. Roll into 1 inch balls and brown.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 18, 2008

Mix meat ball ingredients well and form into balls the size you want. Brown meat balls and pour off grease. Cover with sauce and bake 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees F.

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September 30, 2012

These meatballs are delicious in this yummy sauce/soup.

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September 22, 2012

This is a great hearty dish the whole family will love!

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April 10, 2012

These meatballs make a great appetizer or snack for the kids!

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September 20, 2011

These easy meatballs have a great sauce!

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October 2, 2009

Mix ingredients well, (except tomato juice and onion). Shape into 8 balls. Brown in large skillet. Add tomato juice and minced onion. Simmer for approximately 1 hour.

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March 4, 20090 found this helpful

I can remember having this at least once every month. It was my fav.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 26, 2008

Combine first 9 ingredients in bowl, mixing well. Shape into small meatballs. Place in baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Layer meatballs and veggies in baking dish.

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December 27, 2007

Combine all ingredients except flour, oil and tomatoes; mix well. Shape into balls; roll in flour. Brown in oil. Add remaining flour to oil; stir in tomatoes. Place mixture in casserole.

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September 26, 2006

Recipe for Zesty Meatballs And Rice. Mix meat, Shake-n-Bake, carrots and cheese. Shape evenly into 16 balls. Cook in non stick skillet on medium heat for 8 minutes or until evenly browned. . .

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September 15, 2006

Recipe for Jumbo Meatballs. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine stuffing, water, egg and dressing until moistened. Add meat and cheese. . .

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June 28, 2006

Cook onion in 2 tablespoons of butter; combine with meat, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, and seasonings. Mix together and form into firm balls about 1-inch in diameter. Cook in small batches with a little butter or margarine and shake pan frequently to help prevent sticking. . .

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November 19, 20050 found this helpful

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix meat, 2/3 cup of cheese, 1/4 cup of the ketchup and garlic powder. Shape into 12 balls. Place on foil-lined baking pan sprayed with cooking spray...

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July 26, 20050 found this helpful

Recipes for saucy meatballs.

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June 20, 20050 found this helpful

This recipe is simple enough for kids to make!

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September 17, 20040 found this helpful

Simple recipe for making meatballs with Worcestershire Sauce.

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February 1, 20170 found this helpful

Use uncooked instant mashed potatoes as a binder to make these gluten free meatballs. This is a guide about gluten-free meatballs.

Gluten-Free Meatballs meatballs on plate with rice and broccoli

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January 27, 20170 found this helpful

By making very small meatballs you can cook them in your pasta sauce, allowing you to prepare the meal faster. This is a guide about quick fresh meatballs.

Quick Fresh Meatballs - Meatballs serviced with sauce over spaghetti noodles.

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October 27, 20160 found this helpful

This page contains pepper steak meatball recipes. This easy meatball recipe is reminiscent of the popular pepper steak recipes you may already enjoy.

Meatballs with bell peppers and mushrooms.

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January 29, 20120 found this helpful

I am looking for a recipe that was on the back of the Heinz 57 bottle in the 80s. You made meatballs with Parmesan cheese. The sauce was Heinz 57, canned tomatoes, and sugar. You served it over noodles. Can someone help?

By Mary Jo H

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

I looked for the recipe and have not found it as yet but here is one that could be used for meat balls instead of roast.

the link is http://www.hein  px?recipeID=0015

57 Sauce Great American Meat Loaf

1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup milk

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 egg slightly beaten

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup Heinz® 57® Sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine ingredients thoroughly. Shape into a loaf (8 inches x 4 inches) and place in shallow baking pan. Bake in 350-degree oven for 1 hour. Allow meat loaf to stand 5 minutes before slicing. Serve meat loaf with additional 57 Sauce, if desired.

Cook time: 1 hour

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

I found one @ "about.com" called 'sauced meatballs'. It sounds like this is the one you might be looking for. Hope this is it?!

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

I went back to the site and copy/pasted...again hope this is 'the one' :-)

SAUCED MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef5 (ground chuck recommended for flavor)

2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese6

1/2 cup seasoned dry fine bread crumbs

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup minced sweet onions7

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt8

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper9, or to taste

2 tablespoons shortening or vegetable oil

2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes10

1/2 cup Heinz 57 Sauce

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon flour

Hot buttered noodles or rice, if serving as an entree

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Preparation:

Using a large serving fork, combine ground beef11, Parmesan cheese12, bread crumbs, milk, sweet onions13, egg, salt14, and pepper15. Using 1 rounded tablespoon for each, roll ground beef mixture into about 30 meatballs.

In a bowl, mix together canned tomatoes16, Heinz 57 Sauce, brown sugar, and salt until combined. Set aside.

Frying Method:

Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add shortening or oil and brown meatballs on all sides. Drain fat. Sprinkle with flour and gently stir meatballs to coat. Proceed with the sauce.

Baking Method:

Preheat oven to 450 F. Line a jellyroll pan with a Silpat17, non-stick foil, or parchment paper. Line up the meatballs, placing them 1 inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a heavy, deep skillet over medium heat and sprinkle with the flour. Stir to coat. Proceed with the sauce.

Pour tomato mixture over meatballs. Simmer uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until sauce18 thickens to your liking. Stir several times as it cooks to prevent sticking and encourage even cooking.

Serve meatballs with sauce over hot buttered noodles19 or rice and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Sauced meatballs may also be used as an appetizer20 (a crockpot21 works well to keep them warm) or in meatball sandwiches22 topped with cheese23.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings in about 3 cups of sauce as a main dish (about 30 meatballs)

Sauced Meatballs Recipe Photo © 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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January 31, 20120 found this helpful

Saucy Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 lb of lean ground beef

2/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup of seasoned dry bread crumbs

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp of shortening

1 tbsp of flour

1 (28 oz.) can of tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

1/3 to 1/2 cup of Heinz 57 Sauce

1 tbsp of sugar

Hot buttered noodles

Instructions:

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Combine the first five ingredients. Shape into approximately 20 meatballs using a rounded tablespoon for each. Brown well in shortening. Drain excess fat. Sprinkle flour over meatballs; stir gently to coat meatballs. Combine tomatoes, Heinz 57 sauce, sugar and salt. Pour over meatballs. Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Serve meatballs and sauce over noodles.

Yield: 5 servings (about 3 cups of sauce)

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October 24, 20100 found this helpful

I need some help with spices. In this mushroom meatball recipe, the gravy is great, and the meatballs are good, but kind of bland. I don't want them to be spicy as in hot, just more flavorful. What herbs/spices would you add to the meatballs? I will probably try any and all suggestions since I make this a lot. Exact measurements would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Here is the recipe:

Mushroom Meatballs

Mix all but soup, milk, and water. Shape into meatballs, place in single layer in sprayed 9 X 13 inch pan. Stir soup, milk, and water together until smooth. Pour over meatballs, cover tightly and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Serve gravy over rice or mashed potatoes.
NOTE: For more gravy, use 2 cans of soup, 1 soup can each of milk and water.

By Fortunately from IL

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October 26, 20100 found this helpful

Some spices you can use for the meatballs, but not necessarily together. A little experimenting would do nicely.

Allspice, Basil, Marjoram, Paprika(tends to be a little hot if too much is used), Oregano, Italian spice mix. Diced garlic, Worchester sauce and ketchup are also a great add in for meatballs. If using ketchup cut the amount of liquid by however much ketchup you add.

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

Sometime I use thyme or poultry seasoning. They both go well with meatballs and mushroom soup and add a lot of flavor.

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October 31, 20100 found this helpful

One of my favorites is Summer Savory - a herb that adds great flavor to many recipes. It's hard to find in stores, so you can order it from Penzey's. Use about one-half teaspoon for 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of meat. I like to break it down a little further than it is when you get it, by pressing and rubbing with the back of a spoon, especially the larger pieces (stems). Summer savory gives things a wonderful flavor and goes really well with chicken.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 9, 2010

I am looking for a corned beef recipe. I'm not sure what it's called, but the meal was corned beef meatballs with rice. There was a cheesy horseradish sauce to pour on top.

By angel4782 from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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October 7, 20100 found this helpful

My husband is allergic to Parmesan cheese. Most of the meatballs in the freezer section have Parmesan. I make my own meatballs. I buy ground beef and ground pork mixing 2/3 beef to 1/3 pork - sometimes I use the Italian seasoned pork, sometimes plain. I add seasoned breadcrumbs, a little garlic powder and an egg. Mix well. Shape into balls. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven about 20 minutes.

When cool, place in large ziplock and freeze. When ready for dinner, remove enough for dinner right into the sauce. Slow cook till thawed and finally hot. Pour over pasta and enjoy. Dinner is usually done in less than 1/2 hour.

By myladyflynn from Rio Rancho, NM

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hamburger meat and 2 links Italian Sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs or Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian grated cheeses

Marinara Sauce

  • Large can of halved tomatoes
  • 2 large cans of tomato paste
  • bottle of Merlot
  • 3 fresh Roma tomatoes
  • fresh mushrooms
  • Italian sausage 2 links
  • 1 pork chop
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp. sugar

Directions

Mix all ingredients in bowl. Then pack into meatballs. In large frying pan, brown some garlic with olive oil. Then brown the meatballs in pan.

In large pot, pour can of tomatoes and one can of water. Brown more garlic in olive oil then add to pot(brown garlic in separate skillet.) then add to large pot along with pork chop for flavor.

In large skillet, brown more garlic, add 2 cans tomato paste, 1 can water, 1 Tbsp. parsley, 1/2 Tbsp. sugar and 3 bay leaves. Simmer to a boil then add to large pot.

In same frying pan, brown more garlic with olive oil, saute sliced mushrooms and roma tomatoes then add to large pot. Cook on low or medium for at least four hours, the longer the better! Stirring and scraping edges occasionally and adding Merlot. Never add oregano, onions or peppers, only garlic. Other spices cover up natural flavors. Bon Appetit!

By Trudy from Springfield, IL]

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Meatballs

Your recipe sounds great. I'm anxious to try it. When I make meatballs, I always make them about the size of a ping pong ball and cook them in a foil lined jellyroll pan at 350 degrees F. It doesn't take that long to cook them and if you're going to add them to a sauce, they'll get some additional cooking there. (10/12/2007)

By auntieM39

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Sauce:

  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • dash of ketchup

Directions

Mix ingredients for meatballs. Form into balls. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Drain off any grease before adding sauce. Mix sauce ingredients well. Pour sauce over meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes. Baste often. These will also freeze well.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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July 23, 20090 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 box Stove Top stuffing (chicken)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 cans mushroom soup
  • 2 Tbsp. catsup
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Make Stove Top according to directions. Mix with hamburger and milk. Form into balls; makes 20. Place in 9x13 inch pan with lid. (Can freeze meatballs.) Mix soup, catsup and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over hamburger balls. Bake 45 minutes, covered, and 10 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees F.

By Robin

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