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Meatballs and Dumplings - recipe for pillow soft dumplings served with meatballs simmered in tomato sauce. Perfect recipe for a weeknight meal! #foodphotography #foodstyling

Meatballs and Dumplings

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Meatballs and Dumplings – a cozy dish that is major comfort food! Fluffy dumplings with amazing meatballs in a tomato sauce!




  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper

Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 6oz cans tomato paste (and 4 cans of water)
  • 1 14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (coconut sugar works)
  • 2 Teaspoons + 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened/unflavored almond or soy milk (regular milk works as well)
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil


  1. Take ground beef and form approx. 22 meatballs.
  2. Place in skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, covered, on medium heat turning periodically until cooked thoroughly.
  4. Only drain off some of the grease, ensuring there is approx. 1/4 cup or more remaining in the skillet.
  5. In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients listed under Tomato Sauce above and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add tomato sauce to skillet and use a wooden spoon to scrape off all of the meat from the bottom of the pan.
  7. Continue to simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes mixing every so often.
  8. Combine all Dumpling ingredients listed above (note: mixture should be moist – if you feel it is too dry, add additional almond milk 1 Tablespoon at a time).
  9. Take large spoon and drop approx. 2 Tablespoons of Dumpling dough on top of the meatballs.
  10. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. You will know the dumplings are done when you lift the lid and carefully touch the dumplings – they should be firm (not hard, just firm). If you dumplings are really big, then the cook time will most likely be closer to 20-25 minutes. Test periodically to check firmness and continue cooking in 5 minute increments until they are firm.
  11. Serve immediately and sprinkle with parsley for garnish.