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Italian Meatball Recipe

Italian Meatball Recipe

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES
  • Yield: 25 MEATBALLS 1x


Indulge, in the simplicity of our Meatball Symphony. Picture a combination of half a pound each of ground beef, pork and veal mixed with eggs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and our own homemade Italian breadcrumbs. Give these meatballs a caramelized touch by searing them in olive oil. Let them simmer in a sauce made with crushed tomatoes, garlic and herbs for 45 minutes. It’s not just a recipe; it’s a fusion of ingredients that invites you to savor the taste of Italy with every single bite.




1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground pork, see notes

1/2 lb ground veal, see notes

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated into a powder

4 cloves garlic, finely diced

1/4 c Italian breadcrumbs, preferably homemade

1/4 c parsley, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

Homemade Sauce:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 Spanish onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped and sauteed

56 ounces crushed tomatoes

1 bay leaf

1 bunch parsley

1 pinch red pepper flakes

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

6 basil leaves, sliced into strips



Begin by mixing parts of ground beef, pork and veal, with eggs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, fresh parsley and Italian breadcrumbs.

Form the mixture into meatballs that are approximately 1+1/2 inches in size.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and carefully brown the meatballs until they develop a color.

Remove the meatballs from the pan. Set them aside for now.

Homemade Sauce:

In the pan used for browning the meatballs, sauté chopped onion until it becomes soft. Then add minced garlic to the pan.

Pour in 56 ounces of crushed tomatoes along with bay leaf, parsley leaves, red pepper flakes (if desired) salt and pepper. Mix everything well.

Gently place the set-aside meatballs back into the sauce. Cover the pan. Let it simmer for 45 minutes to allow all flavors to meld together beautifully.

Before serving your dish of meatballs, in homemade sauce stir in some thinly sliced strips of fresh basil for an extra burst of flavor.

Enjoy your meal!


To add a variation, to our Italian Meatball Symphony you can easily replace the regular Italian breadcrumbs with gluten-free alternatives that are commonly found in your nearby grocery store. Just make sure to use Parmesan that comes from a facility dedicated to gluten-free production and opt for certified gluten-free tomato sauce. This simple modification will keep the flavors intact making it possible, for everyone. No matter their dietary preferences. To enjoy these tender meatballs.

  • Prep Time: 15 MINUTES
  • Cook Time: 1 HOUR