Applesauce Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
These savory, from-scratch meatballs are always well-received. Folks really like the tangy sauce that uses hot pepper sauce to give the meatballs a little kick. —Betsy Smith, San Diego, California


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 3 to 5 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, gently brown meatballs over medium heat; drain. Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Cover and bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

Nutrition Facts

6 each: 291 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 1194mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.