Sauce Pot Meatballs – Worth the Few Extra Minutes!

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This Sauce Pot Meatballs recipe is the one used by both my mother and grandmother. I love recipes that call for hamburger because it’s such a versatile meat to cook with. And of course whenever I find a good sale, it’s time to buy in bulk and stock the freezer.

We’re lucky that a grocery store relatively close to us runs good meat sales on a fairly frequent basis. You just have to pay attention to the cycle so that you get the best deal possible. While I tend to prefer meatloaves to meatballs (because they’re faster to make), I really like the way this meatball recipe turns out.

This easy recipe for Sauce Pot Meatballs is delicious served over rice or noodles.

I’ve talked before about how Jungle Jim is really the gourmet at our house. His kitchen skills are legendary in my family. In fact, when we first married and my parents discovered what a good cook  he was, they’d ask who was cooking when we’d invite them to dinner. Ouch!

But here’s a secret – Jungle Jim hates to getting stuff all over his hands. So when it comes to making meatballs or meatloaf, that’s my territory. I wash my hands, plunge right in, and mix everything up into a squishy, well-combined mix (then wash my hands, obviously). No squeamishness for me!

Sauce Pot Meatballs Recipe



Sauce Pot Meatballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 pkg Onion Soup mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped parsley dried parsley is fine


  1. Mix hamburger meat and spices and form into 1-inch meatballs.

  2. Combine tomato sauce and water in pot and bring to a slow boil.

  3. Add meatballs to tomato sauce and cook till done.

  4. Serve over rice or noodles.

Now an odd thing about my family is that we don’t make meatballs when we’re serving spaghetti. We just make a meat sauce and that’s good enough for us. In fact, the only time we go to the trouble to make meatballs is when we serve this dish. As you can see from the picture, I frequently serve it with carrots (which we love). It would also be great served with asparagus which I like to spray with PAM and sprinkle with course ground salt and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes till it reaches the tenderness you desire. It would also be be good served with Simply Superb Oatmeal Cake as the dessert to finish off the meal.

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