Great-Grandma’s Italian Meatballs
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- Optional: Hot cooked pasta and pasta sauce
- Preheat oven to 375°. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, seasonings and onion mixture. Add turkey and beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
- Place meatballs on a rack coated with cooking spray in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, 18-22 minutes. If desired, serve with pasta and pasta sauce.
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Nutrition Facts1 serving: 271 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 569mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
Feb 1, 2020
This is pretty much the same recipe I have used for years except I use finely crushed saltine crackers instead of bread crumbs. Makes a lighter, more tender meatball. I'll never go back to breadcrumbs!
Jan 23, 2020
I made as directed, but I browned them in my cast iron pan, then transferred to the oven, then I used the browned bits in my pan as a bases for making gravy that went over the meatballs and pasta!
Jan 5, 2020
I made these exactly as written, except substituted 1 lb ground pork for the turkey, only because it needed to be used. They were delicious! I will definitely make these again, with the turkey, and maybe even try all beef.
Aug 20, 2019
I made them with 1 1/2 pounds of ground sirloin and 1 1/2 of ground chuck and three eggs. It came out delicious. These were the best meatballs we ever had. Everyone loved them.
Aug 19, 2019
Homemade meatballs are great! No turkey, I use Italian sausage instead, torn bread slices not dry crumbs and more cheese. YUM!
Jul 2, 2019
Delicious! However, I did not add the turkey.
May 30, 2019
This is by far the best recipe me and my sister have ever had. The turkey is not needed and you can substitute it our for more BEEF. The olive oil really adds to the flavor of the onions and makes them caramelized. We enjoyed this recipe and so did everyone I highly recommend it and to just substitute out the ground turkey.
Feb 11, 2019
Don’t call this your grandmas recipe. Turkey? Turkey.
Jan 19, 2019
Made these meatballs to go in homemade spaghetti sauce for little meatball sandwiches. The meatballs were good, though next time I will increase the spices to amp up the flavor a little.
Jun 28, 2018
I seriously doubt great-grandma used olive oil or ground turkey. When recipes such as this group are called "grandma's," then I expect them to be the original recipe used by "grandma," and not made over ones.