• Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes


My daughter and I were trying to find something to do with our store-bought frozen meatballs tonight. We found this recipe at allrecipes.com, but altered it a bit. The original recipe called for a can of crushed pineapple (juice and all), but I used applesauce instead. It also had ingredients for making the meatballs from scratch, which I will eventually try when I have more time. Never-the-less, even with these changes, the meal was absolutely delicious, and we'll be making it again!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • Frozen pre-cooked meatballs, enough to cover the bottom of large skillet.


  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, green pepper, and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes, until onion is softened. Stir in broth, tomato sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, applesauce, and ketchup. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Drop meatballs into sauce and simmer for another 30 minutes to let the meatballs soak in the flavors.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles.

Categories: Main Dish  Misc. One Dish  Savory  Sour  Sweet 

Author Credit: Charlene

Website Credit: http://www.allrecipes.com

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