By Sarah Chana on May 23, 2005
Photo by Lori Mama
Photo by Lori Mama
"This recipe has gotten me out of innumerable kitchen emergencies, including unexpected guests, finicky guests, and kids on a hunger strike. It has become so popular in our world that many guests visiting (especially from out of town) request it in advance before they get here. Similarly, many young brides have asked for this recipe as their wedding gift (don't worry--they got a regular gift too!). It can be doubled, tripled, etc., freezes and reheats well, and can handle an almost infinite number of variations (some of which I will include below)."
Serving Size: 1 (261 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Wow super recipe!!!!!!!! I made the sauce exactly as the recipe said. I browned the meat balls for a few minutes and let them boil in the sauce for about 15 minutes. I served them with brown and wild rice."
"Yuuuuummmmy !!! more than 5 stars yummy :) This is comfort food, easy, simple, basic, honest and quick. This mega simple recipe *may* just be a recipe to make me into as big a pasta fan as my DH. He always makes pasta sans sauce and I find it sooo boring... now THIS recipe comes to my rescue... easy to make when you are in a hurry, I cooked it a bit longer so that the sauce reduced and became nice and thick, added it to a steaming heap of spagetti ... took it to the table and practically inhaled it :) If you have mince meat (ground meat) in your fridge and you are looking for a new twist instead of the "same old, same old..." especially on budget, then this recipe is it. I used cheap canned tomatoes, and substituted beadcrumbs in the meatballs since we don't have matzo meal here and it turned out great. This is definiately a store cupboard meal that you could make for unexpected guests,or teenage kids who seemingly have hollow legs and if you are careful with the chili, it's fussy eater friendly and most of all, amost laughingly easy to make. That definiately constitutes a very well deserved 5 stars in my book :) Many Thanks for posting the recipe."
"I love the sauce, but I think the meatballs themselves need a little more seasoning. Will try again with more umph!"
"I hate to be so blunt but this recipe is horrible. Right now I am not happy because nobody in my family could finish eating this and now we have to find something else to eat. What a waste of food and time."
"These were really yummy and easy, but my sauce didn't turn out nearly as nice looking as the one in the picture. I used sweet chilli sauce and a little extra water, no sugar."
"This recipe is simple and fairly quick. I usually make it with turkey. Both of my boys LOVE it as does my husband. It's not fancy, but it is a crowd pleaser for my family, which includes one picky eater. My 5 year-old says, "It's the best!" I serve it with egg noodles."
"This came together nice and quick. I really liked what the lemon juice brought to the flavor of the sauce. It made a bit more sauce than I wanted, so I will freeze the rest and use it another time. :)"
"What a delicious Pesach meal! It was very quick and easy.
I did make a few minor changes. I used grated onions and crushed garlic instead of the powders and I made my own chili sauce using Chili Sauce Substitute recipe #52689, doubling it because we like our food saucy. Served it over mashed potatoes. Yum!"
"I only used the sauce part of the recipe, as I've been trying to find a sweet n' sour sauce that would be liked by all seven of us. This one was awsome on meatballs over brown rice... everyone LOVED it!! The only complaint was there not being enough! :)"
"DH gave this five stars! We loved the sauce. I think the meatballs could use a little more flavor so I'll add some extra spices and/or onion next time. I used whole wheat bread crumbs in place of the matzo. Also, I didn't have bottled chili sauce so I used the homemade recipe (offered as a substitution when you click on the name of the ingredient). I think this really added to the flavor as there's some ground clove in it and that flavor really came out. Added a little cornstarch to thicken the sauce. We served this over jasmine rice. Loved it. Quick, easy, delicious... our 3-year-old gobbled it up. Thanks!"
"the meatballs were great! I followed the recipe exactly and simmered the meatballs for about an hour or so. Instead of spaghetti, I used brown rice. I would also try egg noodles with this. Thanks!"
"Hmm, not sure what to say about these meatballs. They were very interesting! The flavor of sweet and sour spaghetti was so different to me (and my husband) that I think we both had the funniest looks on our faces when we tried this! The texture of the meatballs was great. I used 1 can of tomatoes and half a can chili sauce along with the other ingredients. The sauce was just so strange! I'm sorry we didn't care for it- wait, that's not true- we just thought is was such a very odd flavor to have with spaghetti! Is this a good or bad review??? I don't know!!! :)"
"I used variation 1: canned crushed tomatoes + oregano, pepper, marjoram and parsley. DH loved it (usually very picky) and my 1 year old cheerfully ate it when he was sick with the flu and wouldn't eat a thing! This has definitely become a keeper - in fact, I'm planning to make it for Rosh Hashana as it will definitely please everybody!"
"I gave this to a friend who gave it flying colors and now I'm doing the same! I followed the recipe except that I used Splenda's brown sugar blend (only 1/4 cup) and it was great. Smelled nice while cooking. Made it and then put it in a crockpot to keep warm until dinner. Served it with Farfale (bowtie) pasta. Thanks for an easy and delicious meal!"
"I made this quite awhile ago and thought it was great. I kept telling my gf that we were having spaghetti and meatballs. This was an error on my part. This has a different flavor than spaghetti and meatballs, but it is such a good recipe! Enjoy! Thank you for posting! "
"This sauce was quick and very easy to make. I had dinner on the table within 30 minutes (Using my small ice cream scoop to form the meatballs was a time-saver). It was pretty tasty, although perhaps a bit heavy on the chili sauce flavor. Thanks for posting! "
"I love quick and easy recipes and this certainly is one. A trick I learnt long ago was to always use wet hands to roll meatballs. When rolling out the meatballs I found the ground beef was very fatty so instead of cooking in the sauce I grilled (broiled) the meatballs to drain some fat, then cooked them in the sauce for about 5 minutes before serving. Excellent tasting sauce, infact I kept looking for the pineapple! (it doesn't need it). Thanks for posting a keeper for our family :)"
"So easy and quick to make! This one is a winner. I too used breadcrumbs instead of the matzo meal. The chilli sauce I used was very hot so next time I wont use the full amount but will use some canned tomatoes as well as a small amount of the chilli sauce. This recipe has lots of possibilities. Thanks for posting :)"