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How to Make Italian Meatballs

Everyone wants to know how to make Italian Meatballs and this recipe is delicious, simple and sure to become a family favorite.

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Italian Meatballs

This recipe is definitely a Stafford Family Favorite.  I love to make it during the winter, its a perfect winter comforts food, filling, satisfying and great to serve to a crowd.

We like it best on Sundays to enjoy while we watch football.  It is easy to assemble and your whole house smells divine all day long.

I like to bake the meatballs versus frying them in a pan, to help cut back on the fat, without sacrificing flavor.  I scoop the meatballs off the baking sheet when they are finished and add them to a big pot of marinara sauce and put it on a low simmer, just to keep everything warm.  Then throughout the day friends and family can grab a plate to enjoy.  This also adds a great flavor to the marinara because your meatballs release more juices into the sauce while simmering.

For a family dinner serve with a salad and a crunchy loaf of Italian bread.

The extra can be frozen for a second dinner.  Great on pasta or on a Chunky piece of bread for a Hoagie, with a bit more of Parmesan cheese for a topping.

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How to Make Italian Meatballs

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How to Make Italian Meatballs

Everyone wants to know how to make Italian Meatballs and this recipe is delicious, simple and sure to become a family favorite.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 50 meatballs


  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Large Bowl
  • 2 large baking sheets
  • Parchment Paper


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • Marinara sauce I use either San Marzano Vodka Sauce or Schiavone's Marinara Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Line two baking sheets with foil for easy clean up
  • In one large bowl add eggs, milk, onion and garlic. Whip to comine.
  • Stir in bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan cheese, red pepper, salt and pepper. Stir until bread crumbs are soaked
  • Add in the beef, pork, and veal. Use your hands to mix until it is evenly combined.
  • For into 2"-3" balls and layout on baking sheets so that there is about 1" space in between your meatballs.
  • Place baking sheets in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • You can serve on plate topped with marinara, pasta optional


These are great to freeze for 3-4 months. Pull out the night before and allow to defrost and reheat to serve.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian


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11 comments on “How to Make Italian Meatballs”

  1. I agree, meatballs are one of the greatest dishes to make. I tend to make a big batch and freeze as well for those last minute dinners when we want something good but don’t have time to cook. They freeze perfectly!

  2. Now that I finally know how to make these meatballs, the fella at the Italian market and I won’t be seeing so much of each other any more!

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    Heather - New House New Home

    The ultimate comfort food with a healthy spin – fantastic recipe, Amy. Thanks.

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    Linda aka Crafty Gardener

    Yummy meatballs. We have spaghetti with meatballs once a week … my husband is the cook! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    Shelley @ Sow and Dipity

    I can literally taste these right now… I love the blend of veal, pork, and beef, definitely going to give this recipe a try!

    1. Hi Amy,
      I just tried your Italian Meatball Recipe, and i have to say it turned out fantastic. The meatballs werent too dry and the sauce was very tasty. Thankyou for a great recipe

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