Italian Meatball Mix Recipe

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"I keep this blend for moist meatballs in the fridge for a quick Italian meal," relates Lois Crissman of Mansfield, Ohio. "Sometimes my daughter stops by on her way home from work, so a cupful will be missing and I'll find a little note on the refrigerator door."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup dried minced onion
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each batch):
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 pound ground beef

Nutritional Facts

4 each: 83 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. Yield: 4 batches (about 4 cups total).
  2. To prepare meatballs: In a large bowl, combine egg and 1 cup meatball mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  3. In a skillet, brown meatballs; drain. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 16 meatballs per batch.
Originally published as Italian Meatball Mix in Quick Cooking December 2000, p63

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terri2249 User ID: 1622453 88143
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"Sorry, I get the'I'm Italian' authenticity part but I'm Norwegian and simple is sometimes needed. I made these and they were great . I will make them again as my hubby loved them and so did I."

Tennessee Momm User ID: 4848549 28901
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"My family loved this recipe. Yum! easy and quick!"

equist06 User ID: 1210880 83508
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"It was a nice simple recipe. Fresh ingredients are always nicer but after a long day at work it is nice to have this mix ready in the frig. It tastes great and the family approves!"

welovethat User ID: 1937803 106146
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"Family loves these meatballs. It's nice to have the mix on hand in fridge. Thanks for the recipe!!"

battuto User ID: 6058110 43410
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"this is NOT near an italian meatball recipe. Its all dry herbs, and nothing is correct. READ my meatball mix under "BATTUTO" I am Italian and I will help you make a "SPICY MEATBALL" mangia mangia"

battuto User ID: 6058110 106142
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"this recipe is soo wrong, it should not be followed. It is NOT italian or real at all. She uses all dry herbs, WHY. No cook uses dry parsley, and garlic powder, and onion powder, and never bread crumbs, only real day old wet bread. She is NOT italian obviously, watch for MY recipe on meatballs"

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