Aunt Bessie Meatballs

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Aunt Bessie Meatballs are truly a family favorite and are full of veggies. The meatballs are packed with shredded potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Aunt Bessies Meatballs over Rice

Aunt Bessie Meatballs

If you are looking for fun and easy things to make for dinner, my dad’s aunt created this Aunt Bessie Meatballs recipe. It has been a favorite in our family for YEARS. The balls themselves are packed with vegetables, which I love. And they’re full of flavor that everybody loves. 

Veggie Packed Dinner

Of all of the things you could make for dinner, this meal is a big thumbs up! This veggie-packed recipe makes one pound of beef go far. You don’t feel guilty eating them knowing there is so much goodness inside! When I was a kid I had no idea how many veggies were in these, and I’m sure your kids won’t realize it either!

Make It With These

Several of our delicious meatball recipes can incorporate Aunt Bessie’s version of meatballs. Check out some of these options, and consider the substitution to make the meal even healthier and more filling.

Something on the Side

If you’re looking for ideas to serve on the side of this great recipe, you might want to consider adding some rice. Rice rounds out the meatball meal and is a great complement to the entire meal. Try Easy Garden Vegetable Rice, or Lemon Rice for  an added zip of flavor. Maybe you’re in the mood for a quick Stovetop Rice Pilaf with Orzo. The possibilties are endless.

How to Make Aunt Bessie Meatballs

Aunt Bessies Meatballs

Aunt Bessie Meatballs

5 from 2 votes
Aunt Bessie Meatballs are truly a family favorite and are full of veggies. The meatballs are packed with shredded potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6


  • 9×13 inch pan





  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix meatball ingredients together.
  • Roll into large meatballs and place in a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish or large casserole (you will have to put them pretty close together and that's ok).
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  • Whisk sauce ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl until creamy.
  • Remove meatballs from the oven. Pour sauce evenly over the meatballs.
  • Return meatballs to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes (or until sides are hot and bubbly).
  • Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 21gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 882mgPotassium: 543mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5586IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 3mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. These look great. Probably because it is an old recipe, the sauce is pretty high fat, but I think it would be easy to bring that down if you like by using low fat sour cream, at least 2% milk, and low fat soups. Or even use one of the easy from scratch dry soup mixes that are mixed with milk or water.

    1. Great ideas– it is a VERY old recipe and I know back then they didn’t have the substitutions we have now. Greek yogurt would also probably be a great substitution 🙂

  2. I was searching through your recipes for something with ground beef and came across this one. We made it for dinner tonight and it was delicious – perfect for a cool autumn evening. We needed to use up some potatoes so we put them over mashed potatoes instead of rice. My family loved it. Thanks!

  3. No- -it's regular milk. Sorry I wasn't clear on that. After you empty out the cream of mushroom or cream of chicken use one of those cans to measure the milk.

  4. I seared some chicken last night and then baked it in the oven for 20-30 minutes until it was cooked through and then used the sauce recipe that you have on here and poured it over the chicken, cooked it all for another 15 min or so. We used the extra sauce to pour over our mashed potatoes. It was a delicious and easy meal. Thanks for the Recipe. Can't wait to try the meatballs.

  5. My comment is for Laura, yes you can freeze meatballs and cook them later. My recommendation is to line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray it and then make your balls and put them on the cookie sheet, freeze til frozen then place in a freezer bag. With the date on it and what's inside. I do that because I freeze cookie dough that way too.

  6. I love hiding veggies in my meat too! I do it all the time with my meatloaf with shredded carrots and zucchini! And my kids gobble it up and don't even know they are eating it! ;o) I'm definitely putting this one on my menu! THX!!