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Years ago I had an Italian neighbor who became a close friend. I always commented on her delicious meatballs and one day she shared the recipe with me. I have made them ever since about the same way. You can vary the meats using what's on hand, but I usually select lean ground beef, turkey, chicken or lamb, with an equal amount of sausage; or 1 part beef with 1 part turkey sausage. The base recipe can be used with your favorite pasta sauce. Recently I served these meatballs with spinach ravioli and alfredo sauce and they were scrumptious!

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Servings: 8-10


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  1. In large mixing bowl, measure the meats, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix thoroughly until well combined. Form into 2-inch size balls.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick large skillet over medium heat (I use 2 separate skillets to get meatballs done at same time.)
  4. Cook meatballs until well browned, turning occasionally (approximately 15-20 minutes; I add a lid toward the end to steam through to centers.)
  5. Serve with spaghetti sauce or alfredo sauce.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 146g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 364  
Calories from Fat 235 65%
Total Fat 26.04g 33%
Saturated Fat 9.31g 37%
Trans Fat 0.65g  
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 683mg 28%
Potassium 371mg 11%
Total Carbs 7.83g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 0.98g 1%
Protein 23.09g 37%



  • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    October 9, 2011
    This one I'll definitely prepare! Thanks!
    • Stacey Maupin Torres
      October 9, 2011
      Fabulous, Claudia! I have been searching for an authentic Italian meatball recipe for ages - not just ground beef. I'm so in love with this. Think I'll do it tomorrow with lean ground beef and hot Italian turkey sausage - or a bit of lamb ... This looks soooo good!
      • Bobby Lovera
        August 19, 2012
        My mom's recipe is almost the same as yours!
        I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
        • Diana
          October 23, 2013
          I made these meatballs last night, and they are the best ones I have every made/tasted. My son and husband couldn't stop raving about them either. This recipe is one I will continue to turn to whenever I make meatballs. This weekend I am going to double the recipe and freeze them.
          I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
          • February 2, 2015
            Born and raised Italian with parents and grandparents from Italy. I can assure you that these are authentic Italian meatballs. We do not put onion in our meatballs, and we add 1 tsp fresh home dried basil with a dash or two of Italian seasoning. Either way, these are delicious!
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
            This is a variation
            1 reply
            • Salad Foodie
              February 5, 2015
              I appreciate your review, especially because of your Italian heritage! I'll give your herbs a try next time I make these.


            • Connie
              March 28, 2014
              I will definately try this recipe!
              • Annie M
                December 17, 2013
                These sound really good! I've saved it to try. I used to make a really good meatball.. I never wrote the recipe down because I made them so much and I just threw this and that in never measuring. This sounds a lot like mine except most of the time I throw in some crushed hot peppers. Thank you for sharing.
                • ShaleeDP
                  January 17, 2013
                  I still seek for the best tasting meatballs that will kick my taste buds. I have my own meatball recipe that is loved by my family, but still wanting another variety.
                  • Salad Foodie
                    September 2, 2012
                    Thanks for your feedback Elaine. Can you suggest the "few other ingredients" missing?
                    • August 29, 2012
                      This is almost my grandmother's recipe, but leave out the onion, and a few other ingredients are missing. But I am certain these are also very good and delicious. Other meats besides beef and pork will change the flavor some or considerably. Add a little kick with a dash of cayenne or ground red pepper, and saluto!
                      • Salad Foodie
                        August 20, 2012
                        Bobby ~ Great! That's confirmation my Italian Meatballs recipe is fairly authentic. Thanks for your feedback.
                        • Veronica Gantley
                          March 13, 2012
                          I am always looking for a great Meatball recipe. I bookmarked it for later. Thanks for sharing with us.
                          • Salad Foodie
                            October 9, 2011
                            Thanks for the comment Arturo. I read your profile and enjoyed it - and I identify with your mom in cooking preferences, though I enjoy "less healthy" cuisines at times like most others too! Several of your recipes look very appetizing and I'll make a point to try some. Will follow you and see what new things you post!

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