Betty's Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

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Dec. 20, 2012

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Meatballs and Tomato Sauce. In this recipe, the meatballs are browned on top of the stove, then covered with a rich barbecue-flavored tomato sauce and baked in the oven. Delicious!


For meatballs
Ground beef 3/4 Pound (I used 4% fat ground beef)
Pork sausage 1/4 Pound
Soft bread crumbs 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Onion 1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , finely chopped
Fresh parsley 2 Tablespoon , minced
Salt 3/4 Teaspoon
Dried marjoram leaves 1/2 Teaspoon (substitute with dried thyme, rosemary or oregano)
Ground black pepper 1 Dash
Eggs 1 , well beaten
Milk 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
For frying
Peanut oil 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
For tomato sauce
Tomato soup 10 3/4 Ounce
Barbecue sauce 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Water 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Worcestershire sauce 1 Tablespoon
Chopped onion 2 Tablespoon
Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm) , chopped finely



1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F.


2. In a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, pork sausage, bread crumbs, onion, and parsley.

3. Drop salt, dried marjoram leaves, black pepper, egg, and milk. Mix to combine. Clump mixture and make 1-inch balls. Place them on a plate.

4. Place a skillet on medium flame and heat peanut oil in it.

5. Drop meatballs in hot oil, in a single layer. Cook until browned. Turn meatballs only when they are completely browned on the bottom. Remove meatballs from skillet and place them on paper towel to drain.

6. In an oven-proof baking dish, transfer the meatballs.

7. For tomato sauce, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine tomato soup, barbecue sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, chopped onion, and garlic. Mix well.

8. Pour tomato sauce over meatballs in baking dish.

9. Pop the dish in oven and bake for about 1 hour.


10. Serve meatballs hot with bread sticks.


You can just use 1 pound ground beef instead of mixing it with sausage.

For soft breadcrumbs, put some rich white bread frozen bread slices in processor and pulse.

Control the heat of oil to prevent meatballs from burning.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 80 Minutes
Ready In: 80 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 582Calories from Fat 414

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 46 g70.8%

Saturated Fat 14 g70%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 1039 mg43.29%

Total Carbohydrates 21 g7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 10 g

Protein 22 g44%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet