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Meatball Pie

I grew up on a farm, so I took part in 4-H Club cooking activities. I still love to prepare and serve classic, wholesome recipes such as this meat and veggie pie. —Susan Keith, Fort Plain, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup sliced carrots, cooked
  • CRUST:
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 7 to 8 tablespoons ice water
  • Half-and-half cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients (mixture will be soft). Divide into fourths; shape each portion into 12 small meatballs. Brown meatballs in batches in a large skillet; drain and set aside.
  • Drain tomatoes, reserving liquid. Combine liquid with cornstarch; pour into skillet. Add tomatoes and bouillon; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Stir in peas and carrots. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. For crust, in a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing lightly with a fork. Transfer to a lightly floured surface. Knead gently to form a dough. (Mixture will be very crumbly at first, but will come together and form a dough as it's kneaded.) Divide dough in half.
  • Roll each half of dough between two pieces of lightly floured waxed paper to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Remove top piece of waxed paper from one pastry circle; invert onto a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Remove remaining waxed paper. Trim pastry even with rim. Add meatballs; spoon tomato mixture over top.
  • Remove top piece of waxed paper from remaining pastry circle; invert onto pie. Remove remaining waxed paper. Trim, seal and flute edge. Cut slits in top; brush with cream.
  • Bake until crust is golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Cover edges loosely with foil during the last 10 minutes if needed to prevent overbrowning. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 735 calories, 43g fat (12g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 1094mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Aug 13, 2016

    This is very tasty and a different way to make a pot pie. The crust turned out very flaky for me. I used a 9x13 baking pan and there was enough crust, without doubling its recipe, to cover the top and bottom. I will try using two cans of tomatoes next time since I doubled the meat and it seemed to need more sauce.

  • Joscy
    Mar 3, 2013

    Been a very long time since making this dish. When my daughter was a youngster she loved this ~~ she's now in her 30's ~~ wonderin' is she remembers this!!

  • misspooches
    Sep 26, 2011

    Excellent and easy to make if you use the pre-made crust!

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    Jul 11, 2011


  • Isolda
    Jan 12, 2010

    I cheated and used frozen pie crust, but I followed the directions for the filling exactly. It turned out wonderful! My son-in-law took a slice for his lunch next day and hinted to his wife (my daughter) that he would sure like for her to make a pie from this recipe.