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Italian Meatballs Recipe

Italian Meatballs Recipe

Grandma "Sini" would make these meatballs for our traditional spaghetti dinner every Sunday. They freeze well, so bake an extra batch when time allows. Then combine with your favorite homemade or purchased sauce and serve over pasta.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 4 slices day-old French bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • Marinara sauce
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • 1. Soak bread in milk for 10 minutes; drain and squeeze bread. In a blender in food processor, combine the bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, oil, salt, pepper and allspice; cover and process until smooth.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the beef and sausage. Add bread mixture; mix well. Shape into 2-in. balls. Place on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until the meatballs are no longer pink; drain. In a large saucepan, heat marinara sauce; add the meatballs and heat through.
  • 4. Serve over pasta. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (3 each) equals 434 calories, 25 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 137 mg cholesterol, 1,161 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein.

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Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"Very good, family loves it. This recipe is what I will make going forward."

Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"Very nice. I liked baking instead of frying."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"Finally, a meatball lover's meatball recipe! This was delicious. The only thing I did differently was I used Italian seasoned ground turkey, only one teaspoon of Kosher salt, and I didn't use a food processor, I just mixed everything by hand the old fashioned way. I didn't have pasta, but with Ina Garten's Marinara Sauce recipe, I did have heaven on a plate. Yummy!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"Fantastic! I've made this twice recently, once with the fresh garlic, which was excellent, and once substituting garlic powder, which just didn't do it. Lesson learned."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"My kids absolutely love these, as does my husband. I have found that 1/2 a cup of milk is plenty, because it seemed like so much was wasted when you squeezed the bread out. Delicious just the same."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"These were great! I used them to make meatball bombers. I didn't have day old bread so I just used fresh bread and it worked perfect. We will make these again!"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"This meatball recipe has become a favorite with our family. We make huge batches and freeze a bunch of them so we can some on hand anytime -- great for meatball sandwiches. We love the adding of ground allspice so much that we experiment with other flavors -- such as star anise, even my own blend of "pumpkin pie spices". We find you can vary the ratio of pork to beef and there's never a reason to squeeze out the milk of the bread cubeletes---just add a little less milk. I never knew Aunt Simi..but her recipe is inspired!"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"Easy to make and delicious. My family, friends, and kids loved it."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"Easy to make...everyone loved them...will make these often also for meatball sandwichs

Rick Stone
Mont Belvieu, Tx"

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