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Italian Meatball Recipe

Italian Meatball Recipe

Italian Meatball Recipe

Most Italian Americans have a cherished Italian meatball recipe that’s been in the family for generations, or at least goes back to a grandmother or great-something-or-other. They are treasured little pieces of paper, handed down through the family like a religious relic, faded over time to the point you can hardly read it. They’re often scribbled in half English and an Italian dialect that no one in Italy uses anymore. These recipes are coveted as family history but not everyone has that so I want to pass mine down to you.

This Italian meatball recipe is a combination of recipes passed down from different parts of my family combined with my own particular taste and style. They are slightly firm but soft and silky in texture. They have a good sear on the outside, but cut smoothly with the side of a fork and are moist and tender all the way through.

These meatballs blend beautifully in all kinds of sauces, soups, and even on toasted bread with slices of provolone. It’s not a handed down recipe, it’s my masterpiece. The look on everyone’s face when they have my Pasta and Meatballs or my Italian Wedding soup or my Easter Pie confirms it. This Italian meatball recipe wins the day, all day, every time.

So if you don’t have a passed down family Italian meatball recipe (or even if you do) feel free to take mine and consider us family (cugini!). I promise if you show up with this Italian Meatball recipe to “the gathering” it will be a crowd pleaser. Cin Cin! Cousin Carrie


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Italian Meatball Recipe

Italian Meatball Recipe

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  • Author: Carrie Pacini
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 35 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Meals
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian


Makes about 35 meatballs



Beef 1 pound
Pork 1 pound
Onion 1/2 cup
Celery 1/2 cup
Fresh parsley 1/4 cup
Garlic 2 teaspoons, minced
Sea salt 3 teaspoons
Granted  Parmesan 3 Tablespoons
Panko breadcrumbs (regular) 1/2 cup
1 Egg
Olive oil, 2 Tablespoons for browning the meatballs


  1. In a food processor mince onion, celery, and parsley all together to form a paste.
  2. In a large bowl combine beef, pork, minced mixture (from step 1), garlic, sea salt, cheese, panko,  1 egg; mix well.  Note: the mixture will be sticky, you can flour your hands to easily shape the meatballs.
  3. Shape mixture into meatballs with light hands (very important) and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet heat half of the oil (1 tablespoon). Cook all of the meatballs until browned on both sides.
  5. Place the meatballs on paper towels to drain as you continue to work with each batch.  Repeat with remaining olive oil and meatballs.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Bake the meatballs for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Serve in a red sauce over pasta (pasta and meatballs), in red sauce on bread with provolone cheese, or add to soup (Italian Wedding Soup).

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