Family Secret Meatballs and Sauce Recipe -
Family Secret Meatballs and Sauce Recipe
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Family Secret Meatballs and Sauce

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"My husband would eat this for dinner every night if I would let him. It took his family 10 years of marriage to share this secret recipe with me (apparently, I wasn't family yet), so now I'm sharing it with the world. Hope you like it!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Mix together the ground beef, rolled oats, 6 tablespoons of sweet onion, milk, salt, and black pepper until thoroughly combined. Roll the mixture into 2-inch meatballs, and place meatballs into the prepared baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, 4 1/2 tablespoons of sweet onion, apple cider vinegar, and water until the sugar has dissolved, and pour the sauce evenly over the meatballs.
  4. Bake the meatballs and sauce in the preheated oven until the sauce is bubbling and thickened and the meatballs are no longer pink inside, about 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
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  • Cook's Note
  • For our family of four, it works great to eat half and save the other half for two days later. By then the sauce has really soaked into the meat, and I think they are even better the second meal!

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 22, 2011

Great recipe. I didn't have time to bake the 1 &1/2 hours, so I cooked the meatballs in a skillet and then added the sauce. Covered them for a little while to get nice and bubbly and then simmer. The sauce was delicious!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2011

I did not care for this.

Sep 03, 2011

This recipe looked so yummy but it is much too salty to be placed in our meal rotation. You can cut the salt to 1/2 tsp with the meat. But the ketchup is still a problem unless you make homemade ketchup. One serving of this recipe contains 2/3 of our daily sodium intake.

Feb 17, 2013

LOVE LOVE LOVE....aptly named. Will keep this recipe for future use. Very tender meatballs. Sauce is more a BBQ type...I wouldn't put these particular sauce on spaghetti as one of the pix shows. I'd use the meatball recipe part and cook with a more Italian type of sauce. Killer recipe!

Feb 17, 2013

I liked this fine. I can't say it goes well with spaghetti though. I would say with mashed potatoes & fried carrots it would go well with. I only had to cook it about 1 hour. Any more & it would have dried out for me. I did just as stated above but only did half a recipe for hubby & me & had left overs.

Nov 28, 2013

I love these meatballs! Great sauce. I served them over brown rice with a touch of parmesan cheese on top. They were delicious and even better the next day.


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  • Calories
  • 319 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 14.5 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 21.9 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 1080 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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