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Meatballs with Cream Sauce

I get raves from my husband and even our three fussy children when I serve these satisfying meatballs with mashed potatoes. The savory cream sauce gives a tasty new twist to meatballs and always makes a memorable meal.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (14 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, milk, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, oats, onion, parsley, salt and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Roll in flour, shaking off excess.
  • Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 10 minutes. Turn meatballs; bake 12-15 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, for sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour, thyme, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add broth and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Drain meatballs on paper towels; transfer to a serving dish. Serve with sauce; sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
4 each: 389 calories, 24g fat (12g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 874mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 26, 2017

    The meatballs are so flavorful. With the gravy they're perfect with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes!! Yum!

  • lisa1007
    May 13, 2016

    I've been making this recipe since 2001, and love it! The quick-cooking oats make the meatballs very tender! I do use tarragon instead of thyme in the cream sauce. Highly recommend!

  • feathertat
    May 25, 2012

    <p>I just used the sauce recipe.  It was excellent. Not too heavy, not too light.</p>

  • Danisha
    Feb 19, 2012

    I have my own meatball recipe but I came for the sauce. I needed something different than tomato sauce tonight.The e sauce is really good I did make changes to the spices; rosted garlic, Italian seasoning and chicken spices. Then I added 2 slices of bacon to the sauce sooooo good . I will try the meatballs one night.

  • alisone
    Feb 16, 2012

    We make this recipe all the time. Wonderful with mashed potatoes...and you don't have to make extra gravy...the sauce is good for meatballs and potatoes!

  • angelaz113
    Oct 10, 2011

    I have made this recipe numerous times. I love to cook them for football Sunday, and with the leftovers I will cook egg noodles and pour the meatballs and cream sauce on top. Delicious!!!

  • Vivichick28
    Dec 3, 2010

    One of my faves! I make this all the time. Soooo good!

  • jsrsajbe
    Jan 4, 2010

    This is one of our favorite dinners. I add an extra tablespoon of flour for thicker sauce. We use venison often and it tastes great.

  • jenmmcclure
    Apr 18, 2008

    I made this for my family and we love it. The only thing I changed was the seasoning in the sauce. We don't like thyme so I used marjoram and it was great.