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Italian Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

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 YIELD:48 servings


  • 2 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


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • 3. Transfer meatballs to a 4-qt. slow cooker; add spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 67 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 264mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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nmcgill User ID: 1848788 101282
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

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

nonsox User ID: 1760272 184682
Reviewed 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."

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