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 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!!
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