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Italian Appetizer Meatballs

Store-bought spaghetti sauce speeds up the preparation of these homemade meatball appetizers. Leftovers make terrific sub sandwiches.—Rene McCrory, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 2 jars (24 ounces each) spaghetti sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake until no longer pink, 15-20 minutes.
  • Transfer meatballs to a 4-qt. slow cooker; add spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 67 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 264mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • m-m-mgood
    Dec 10, 2012

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  • nmcgill
    Sep 11, 2011

    My husband loved these! I used Italian Seasoned breadcrumbs & Paul Neuman's Marinara Sauce. Delicious!

  • nonsox
    Dec 31, 2010

    I make meatballs often, but wanted to try an appetizer italian meatball. These tasted wonderful just out of the oven! I didn't think that the ingredients would make meatballs better than I'd had before, but they did. I used Italian seasoned bread crumbs instead of plain because that's what I had on hand.