Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Ready in 45 minutes

This is my Moms meatball recipe that never lets me down. People always comment how fantastic they are and restaurants have taken the recipe from me. Try them and I hope you love em as well. They have a great consistency (not hard) and taste wonderful! Follow me on Twitter @ChefBigFatPanda

"Delicious soft meatballs! The first night, we put them on toasted baguettes with fresh mozzarella and marinara for meatball subs. A couple of nights later, we sliced the leftover meatballs and used them instead of pepperoni for our homemade pizza! So good ( I did add salt, pepper, and some Italian seasonings). "

- Sarabond

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4.5 avg, 34 review(s) 88% would make again


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2 lbs ground beef; (medium fat content - not too low)
1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese; (imported is best)
1 cup bread crumbs; (plain or italian seasoned)
1 cup parsley; fresh chopped
5 cloves garlic; minced (can never have too much garlic)
1 cup of Water
5 large Eggs; (extra large)
0.5 cup Olive Oil; for frying

Original recipe makes 12



1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT OIL (half the water) into large bowl and mix WELL by hand

2. Microwave a small piece of mixture to test texture and taste

(Add more water for softer meatballs)

3. Roll meatballs to slightly larger than a golf ball

4. Fry in 1/2 inch olive oil on medium heat turning over as needed. Do not burn.

(will cook more thoroughly in sauce otherwise cook fully through if eating plain)


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Delicious with or without sauce! photo by BigFatPanda BigFatPanda

Great meatballs! I used my new toy to shape them. photo by robbgriffin robbgriffin

photo by shelley1966 shelley1966

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So easy and the only meatball recipe I use now. My family loves them. I double the batch and freeze half for quick dinners.
joannehill-isom 3 months ago
They were pretty good. I have had better meatballs before.
Justinpodm 4 months ago
Absolutely delicious!!!
jmt8191 5 months ago
ooolala 5 months ago
So good and so easy to make. Cut the recipe in half and I still made enough meatballs for four or five people. Froze half for another dinner.
Valerie411 6 months ago
My husband loved them... The only difference is that I baked them in the oven for 30 min at 400?
gg0812 8 months ago
Great recipe! I bake @ 350 for 12-15 minutes instead of fry. Adding salt, a little oregano or chipotle chili powder is a nice option. Cheese was easy to ind at Costco - is a mix of Romano and Parmesan and is good!
Lifeimproves 10 months ago
SharonSena505 11 month ago
Great basic meatball recipe. My son loves them. I first made them to the recipe and they were very good. The second time I simmered the meatballs in sauce instead of frying. I like them much better simmered than fried.
Rickg1123 1 year ago
I added sauteed diced onion and these were great
brandy74 1 year ago
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