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Meatball Recipes: Thrifty Meatballs

Meatballs with mushroom sauce.

Meatball recipes are terrific for so many reasons.

First of all, ground beef recipes are usually really tasty and this one is no exception.

Because ground beef is not expensive compared with other cuts of beef, meatballs are also often budget recipes.

Meatballs are also thrifty because they let you stretch the servings out. A pound of ground beef made can serve 4 to 6 people instead of 2 to 3 servings in a comparable amount of steak.

This meatball recipe is really tasty with just a few ingredients. It’s one of those Campbell’s soup recipes where you need very little more than a few basic ingredients to make it taste great.

The recipe calls for a can of cream of mushroom soup, but you can substitute the cream soup of your choice. Cream of celery, asparagus or broccoli would work well too.

I love cooking with ground beef because it is so versatile. This recipe is one that shows you the versatility and delicious results you can get from the lowly meatball.

Served with a side dish vegetable, a salad and a piece of crusty bread, it makes a great easy dinner recipe.

Thrifty Meatball Recipe

Thrifty Meatballs

Meatballs are a thrifty dinner for sure, but a delicious one too.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Main Course, Main or Side
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 241 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup crackers, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons oil, or shortening
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3/4 cup hot water


  • Combine the ground beef, rice, onion, poultry seasoning, milk, salt, pepper and crackers. Shape into balls and brown in oil or shortening. Add the tomatoes, cream of mushroom soup and hot water.
  • Using an electric frying pan to cook the meatballs, cook them covered, at 340°F for 1 1/4 hours. If you use a regular frying pan, cook them at medium low checking and stirring them often.


Calories: 241kcalProtein: 25.4gFat: 8.7gSaturated Fat: 2.6gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 718mgFiber: 1.4gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 20mg
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Thrifty Meatball Recipe

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