Hungarian meatballs in tomato sauce

Hungarian meatballs in tomato sauce is a family-friendly one-pot meal that even the kids will love. Traditionally it is made with pork, but any type of ground meat will work with this recipe. It is very nice served with boiled potatoes, my husband especially loves it that way.

The rice is uncooked when we mix it with the minced meat and the other ingredients. The rice amount is always 20% of the total minced meat amount.

Hungarian meatballs in tomato sauce

Hungarian meatballs in tomato sauce

Hungarian meatballs in tomato sauce isa family-friendly one-dish meal that even the kids will love. Traditionally it is made with pork, but any type of ground meat will work with this recipe. It is very nice served with boiled potatoes, my husband especially loves it that way.
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Cutting board
  • Chef's knife
  • Medium bowl
  • Big pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoon
  • Ladle
  • Whisk
  • Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb minced pork Half a kg
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice long grain
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 Spanish onion medium
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil sunflower, canola
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 litre 100% tomato juice or 1 litre tomato purée
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 celery leaves optional

Instructions
 

  • In a smaller pan sauté the finely chopped onions in vegetable oil over low heat, stirring frequently, until translucent. Do not let them burn. Salt lightly to help tenderize them.
  • Remove the pot from the heat, add 1 teaspoon of sweet Hungarian paprika powder, stir well. Do not burn the paprika or it will become bitter.
  • In a bowl, Combine the ground pork, the egg, the uncooked rice, the minced garlic, the sautéed onions mixed with paprika, ground black pepper and salt to taste.
    Hungarian meatball ingredients
  • Shape the ground meat mixture into balls in the palm of your wet hands, I got 14 meatballs from this amount.
  • Pour the tomato juice (1.5 liters) or tomato puree (1 liters) into a bigger pot. If you are using tomato puree, then add 2 cups of water to m