Hungarian meatballs with noodles

This recipe is a keeper! It’s easy, and quick…even with making your own mini-meatballs. It’s definitely a family pleaser…when my girls found out I was making Hungarian meatballs Monday night they were super excited. My 8 year old said it’s her favorite meal after the Zuppa Toscana soup. And as I was dishing it out, I remembered I’d wanted to double the recipe next time so there would be plenty for seconds (and thirds or leftovers). We didn’t have any leftovers. Probably since it serves 4, and we have 5 people in our family.

And lately I keep forgetting how much my older two girls can eat…they are growing girls after all. And my 12 year old eats like an adult. Sheesh…hard to remember!! When did I get a pre-teen? Can anyone relate to the bottomless pits they seem to be? Seriously it’s a full-time job just keeping them fed! So you may want to double the recipe if you have the same issue in your home. 

This recipe isn’t mine, so I can’t take credit. Back in 2003 when I was losing weight after my second daughter was born, I was utilizing the Weight Watchers message boards for accountability and support. It was a great source of motivation for me at the time, and I didn’t even have to attend meetings. Their message boards are FREE! It was there I discovered the wonderful Couch to 5K running program and went on to run my first 5K. Which in turn inspired my husband (who was never a runner) to train with the same program. He went on to run many races including 3 marathons and a half-ironman!! I am SO proud of him!

Needless to say, I lost all my baby weight, got in great shape (as did my hubby) and made some great friends! It was one of these gals that ended up sending me this recipe. She photocopied it out of a Weight Watcher magazine. It took me several years before I ended up making it…isn’t that always the case? And then I was kicking myself. She even made a notation that “paprika makes the taste.” I wasn’t very familiar with paprika at the time, but since then it’s become one of my favorite spices to use.

So here you go…Hungarian meatballs with noodles! I promise you…they are definitely a lot tastier than they look in the pictures. There’s a great broth down there in that bowl. It’s hard to take appetizing pictures of meatballs without them being covered in some type of sauce or cheesy goodness, right? But trust me…they’re good!

Hungarian MB

Hungarian meatballs with noodles (adapted from a Weight Watchers magazine article) ~ serves 4

  • 1 pound ground beef (I use hormone free, Whole Foods)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (for skillet)
  • 4 cups filtered water or beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp beef base (or 2 beef bullion cubes) ~ omit if using beef broth
  • 12 oz. package egg noodles (I use Ronzoni Healthy Harvest whole grain)
  • salt and pepper to taste ~ hubby says best with lots of pepper!!
1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, onion, parsley, salt paprika and pepper. Shape into small 1-inch mini meatballs.
2. Brown in oil in large skillet (large enough to hold 4 cups broth when done browning).
3. After browned on all sides (about 10 minutes on medium), add broth or water/bullion. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes.
4. Make egg noodles according to directions. Drain.
5. For each serving top noodles with meatballs and broth. Season with salt and pepper.
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30 Responses to Hungarian meatballs with noodles

  1. the domestic mama says:

    Oooo, Denise- these do look yummy, and you know what? the pics looked tasty, too! I love your "bowls" – It's weird to call square things bowls, you know? I'm going to add these to my ever-growing list of things to make/try. Thanks!

  2. Oney says:

    Adding this one to my list of recipes to try. It looks yummy!

  3. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says:

    Wow this looks soooo good. I'm definitely adding this to my must make recipe list! Thanks so much for the recipe. 🙂

  4. Mother Rimmy says:

    My mom used to make these all the time for Sunday supper. It was very much a family favorite!


  5. Sarah says:

    Mom, those where SO good can you please make it for dinner one night this week PLEASE.

  6. thepsychobabble says:

    They certainly sound really good, and it looks like they got a glowing recommendation from the family, lol:)

  7. Kristin says:

    yummy! seeing as how there weren't any leftovers, this MUST be good! 😀

    thanks so much for linking up to magia mondays!


  8. Jann says:

    this looks like a recipe we would enjoy at this house~thanks for sharing

  9. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet says:

    This looks delish and so comforting! 🙂

  10. hellaD says:

    Yum! This looks tasty. Sure wish I could eat noodles again when I see a recipe like this 🙂 we are on the GAPS diet at the moment, but maybe soon…I'd love to have you link this up to our World Food Thursday bloghop this Thurs

  11. Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook says:

    Looks so good! Bet there would be no leftovers at my house either, my kids would love this!

  12. Shu Han says:

    that sounds yummy and simple! I’ll try that with some homemade sourdough noodles maybe (:
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  13. Ooh! Goota try this!

    Please check my FTF entry for this week: Sinampalukang Kambing
    Much ♥,
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  14. kat says:

    looks so yummy…i want to try this one.
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  15. gengen says:

    Looks interesting…Happy FTF!
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  16. Run DMT says:

    That looks so yummy. I like how you use real ingredients and nothing from a mix or package. Can’t wait to try this out!
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  17. L. Starkey says:

    I’m just stopping by the other blogs that were featured on Fresh, Pure and Clean Friday and sayin’ hi. Your Hungarian Meatball and Noodles recipe looks delicious and reminds me of a dish my great-grandmother (who was from Bavaria, Germany) used to make.
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  18. cheerful says:

    we love pasta and this is something new to try, thanks for sharing your recipe! this one sounds really great! anyway, have a great weekend! –PinayMum – Mommy’s Life Around…
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  19. I haven’t had something like this in such a long time; great reminder of how good they are and something perfect to remember as we get into cooler weather.
    Barbara | Creative Culinary recently posted..Fresh and Savory Tomato Pie

  20. lizardofoz says:

    I happened upon your website, and am kind of disappointed. This recipe looks delicious, but unless you can direct me to a specific brand, I have never found a bouillon cube without msg. Maybe I have a different idea of ‘real’ food. You list canned tomatoes in several recipes as well, and canned tomatoes are horrible for you, as the lining they use in the cans leaches into the tomatoes, since they are highly acidic. I guess I just expected something different from a “real food” blog. I’ll try this recipe sans bouillon and see what happens.

  21. Dorothea Kirby says:

    Can’t wait to try this out! This looks delish and so comforting!
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  22. Eszter Webb says:

    Looks delicious, I am going to try this out. Just a side note: I am from Hungary, but I have never seen this dish ever before in my life. 🙂 But if it is as delicious as it is claimed to be I will be very proud of it being Hungarian. 🙂

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