Meatball Paprikash

Meatball Paprikash is a quick and easy recipe to make that you'll love. It calls for lean ground pork or veal but if you're in a hurry use Basic Oven Meatballs that you have in the freezer. In fact, you might want to make the freezer meatballs (adding in the caraway seeds) using lean ground pork or veal just for this recipe.

The delicious blend of flavors from the caraway seeds, tomatoes and sour cream differentiate this soup from all the others - but it's the paprika that gives it it's name and really make its a hit. Serving it over egg noodles is traditional.

This soup isn't perhaps as pennywise as some of the other recipes but it is nutritious and so flavorful you could easily serve it as a special company dish.

For company or not, some rye bread and cheese on the side would be yummy.

Meatball Paprikash

1 lb lean ground pork or veal

1 large egg

1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp caraway seeds

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped, about 1 cup

1 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1" chunks

2 Tbsp paprika

1 16 oz can stewed tomatoes

1 8 oz pkg wide egg noodles

1/4 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley


In large bowl, combine pork, egg, bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp salt and caraway seeds; using hands or wooden spoon, blend well.

Shape into 1 1/2" balls. In 12" skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil; add meatballs; cook about 12 minutes, turning frequently until well browned on all sides.

Using a slotted spoon, remove meatballs to plate. To drippings in skillet, add onion, green pepper and paprika; cook, still over medium-high heat, 5 minutes, stirring frequently until vegetables are crisp-tender and well coated with paprika.

Return meatballs to skillet, along with tomatoes and their liquid, adding remaining 1/2 tsp salt. Increase heat to high; bring to boil.

Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until meatballs are cooked through.

Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package directions.

To serve: Stir sour cream into meatball mixture; remove from heat.

Drain noodles; toss with chopped parsley; arrange on platter. Spoon meatballs into serving platter over noodles.

Makes 4 servings

Optional: Add Basic Oven Meatballs (see link below).

Best Pennywise Tip: Make Basic Oven Meatball recipe using lean ground pork or veal, adding in some caraway seeds, to have on hand for this recipe.

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