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Italian Meatballs are best served over a plate of saucy pasta.

Italian Meatballs

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Meatballs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 417 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Italian Meatballs just like grandma made with a blend of both ground beef and pork along with directions for cooking 3 different ways.



  • 1 lb ground beef (90-93% lean)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 tsp salt; +/- to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper; +- to taste
  • 2 eggs; beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic; minced/grated (about 4 cloves) (or 1 tbsp granulated garlic)
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried parsley (or 3 tbsp fresh, diced parsley)
  • 3 slices hearty white bread; torn
  • 1/4 cup milk (this is a ballpark measurment) (enough to cover torn bread in a bowl)


  1. In a bowl, tear bread into pieces and add enough milk to cover, thoroughly soaking the bread.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
  3. Scoop up soaked bread and squeeze out excess milk. It will be mushy.
  4. Add bread to meat bowl.
  5. Mix well with hands. Do not over mix or they will be tough.
  6. Roll into 1 1/2 in. balls, with your hands.
  7. Using a kitchen tablespoon, scoop about a spoonful and quickly fry off in a pan to test for seasonings. Add any additional salt or pepper to taste.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° degrees,

  2. Use a baking sheet with a cooking rack if possible.

  3. Bake, turning once after 15 min.- cook another 15 min. until nicely browned

  4. Add to sauce until ready to serve.

Frying pan

  1. Heat a large frying pan/skillet over medium heat. (A small amount of olive oil may be needed if the meatballs are really lean).

  2. Allow them to form a nice sear before turning them; 2-3 minutes.

  3. Turn and cook on all remaining sides.

  4. Add to sauce until ready to serve.

Sauce Cooking (Stove top, oven, or slow cooker)

  1. STOVETOP: Drop raw balls into sauce and allow to cook in the sauce for about 30 minutes on a low simmer.

  2. OVEN: If oven cooking your sauce, place them gently in the suace and allow to cook for 40 minutes in a 350° degrees oven, covered.

  3. SLOW COOKER: Gently add them to the sauce in the slow cooker, 1 hour on high and 2 on low.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 363mg16%
Potassium 526mg15%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 137IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.