Applesauce Meatballs

These savory, from-scratch meatballs are always well-received. Folks really like the tangy sauce that uses hot pepper sauce to give the meatballs a little kick.


4 servings

Meatball Ingredients

1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef

Sauce Ingredients

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup, undiluted
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon granulated (white) sugar
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
3 to 5 drops Worcestershire sauce
3 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce


Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C).

In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls. In a large skillet, gently brown meatballs over medium heat; drain. Transfer to an ungreased 2-quart baking dish. Combine sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs.

Cover and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 50 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving (6 each): Calories 291, Fat 12 g (Saturated Fat 5 g), Cholesterol 109 mg, Sodium 1,194 mg, Carbohydrate 21 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 24 g.

Recipe Courtesy Of

Betsy Smith, San Diego, California

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