Thursday, December 30, 2010


From time to time I'll try someone's recipe for meatballs, but I always return to the tried and true. While my mom fried hers--or sometimes browned them in the oven--I prefer to place mine in the sauce raw and let them soak up that delicious sauce as they cook. This recipe makes about 2 dozen meatballs so, should you have any left over, freeze them right in the sauce (as these were) to enjoy an easy night in the kitchen.

1 lb 85% lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 cup freshly ground Pecorino Romano (I find Parmigiano too salty)
salt and pepper to taste

Place ingredients in a large bowl and use your hands to mix well. With dampened hands, roll the mixture into uniformly-sized meatballs. (I love tiny meatballs in my baked pasta, but it is labor intensive.) Place the meatballs into simmering tomato sauce and cook for at least 1 hour on low heat.
I'm setting aside all modesty. What can I say other than I think these are the tastiest meatballs on the planet. You'll just have to try them and decide for yourself, but I'd be very surprised if you didn't like them.


  1. That meatball is to die for, I would eat just it! Happy New Year to you

  2. oh i love homemade meatballs, ultimate comfort, these look delicious!

  3. Classic comfort food--I am drooling as I type this!

    Have a wonderful and happy New Year!

  4. Cooking the meatballs in sauce is my favorite way to prepare them as well. This is one of my family's favorite dinners.

    Best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year!

  5. My kids absolutely love meatballs, but I've been too chicken to ever make them from scratch. I'm filing this recipe away to give it my first try.

  6. I'm with Lara. I'm going to have to file this recipe away. I'm curious about the 5 eggs in the meatball mixture. I've only ever added 1 egg. I wonder if the addition of 5 eggs makes them super light? Guess I'll have to find out for myself!

    Happy New Year Arlene! Off to play catch up on your other posts.

  7. Perfect for holidays. I want to try this recipe at home. I know kids will love it.


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