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Saucy Microwave Meatballs Recipe

These moist meatballs are a speedy way to make an Italian-style meal. They're ready in just minutes in the microwave.—Edna Denny, Pine Island, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Hot cooked spaghetti


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, onion and salt. Crumble beef over the mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • 2. Place half of the meatballs in a microwave-safe 2-qt. dish. Cover and microwave on high for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until meatballs are firm and no longer pink; drain. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  • 3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and garlic salt. Cook, uncovered, on high for 30-60 seconds or until sugar is dissolved, stirring every 15 seconds. Pour over meatballs. Cover and microwave at 50% power for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Serve with spaghetti. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 330 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 128 mg cholesterol, 984 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.

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