Meatballs with Spaetzle Recipe

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This is our children's favorite meal...they've dubbed it a "must make" menu item during college vacations. It never fails to earn compliments and recipe requests. - Paula Karcavich, Lemont, Illinois.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 quarts water or beef broth

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 692 calories, 28g fat (14g saturated fat), 264mg cholesterol, 1811mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 40g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef over the mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  2. In a skillet, brown meatballs; drain. Add broth, mushrooms and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Combine the flour, caraway seeds and sour cream until smooth; stir into meatball mixture. Cook over low heat until heated through and thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, salt, eggs and milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large saucepan, bring water or broth to a rapid boil. Place spaetzle batter in a colander or spaetzle press. Holding over the boiling liquid, press batter through holds of colander. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until tender; drain. Serve meatballs and sauce over spaetzle. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Meatballs with Spaetzle in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p39

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