Easy Meatball Recipe

For a delicious main dish on a chilly evening, try this Easy Meatball recipe made with crushed cornflakes, applesauce, and lean ground beef, cooked in a homemade tomato sauce in a cast-iron skillet.

Summer 2018

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    Meatballs with tomato sauce that have been cooked in a cast-iron skillet.
    Photo by Getty Images/Tatiana Volgutova
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Yield: 8 servings

It’s easy to throw together and only takes an hour to cook, so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.


  • 2 cups crushed cornflakes
  • 1⁄4 cup diced onion
  • 11⁄2 pounds lean ground beef
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2⁄3 cup applesauce
  • 1⁄2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup tomato soup
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 21⁄2 cups tomato juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cornflakes, onion, ground beef, salt and pepper, egg, and applesauce. Mix well.
  3. Shape mixture into 11⁄2-inch balls. Place in two 9-inch cast-iron skillets, and set aside.
  4. In another large bowl, blend ketchup, tomato soup, water, and tomato juice. Pour over meatballs.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour, or until meatballs are cooked through and tomato sauce is thickened.