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Italian Meatballs – The Ultimate Italian Delicacy to Savour!

Tender juicy meatballs, which melt in your mouth as you grab a bite of them, are the ultimate bliss, aren’t they? For the ones who do not know, Italian meatballs are tender, juicy, all-purpose meatballs that are made with parsley, garlic, pork, eggs, fresh bread crumbs, and beef. Mouth watery, isn’t it? You can team it with tomato sauce and spaghetti to enjoy this delectable taste of heaven. You can also make a few batches of the Italian meatballs and freeze them for future use. So, without any more delay, let us get started!

Italian Style Meatballs List:

Folks, before we get to the detailed recipe, in this section of the article, we will be discussing the list of ingredients that you need to make the Italian meatballs. So, read this section of the article carefully.


The first and foremost thing that you need is the egg; the sole reason for using eggs is to bind the mixture of meat and bread crumbs. You can use one egg and one egg yolk.

Parmigiano Cheese:

Cheese here is pretty essential as it will give the tangy and yet cheesy texture and taste. It makes the Italian meatballs softer and creamier. My mouth is already watering. Is yours, too?

Ground beef and Pork:

You can use beef and pork in the ratio of half each as this will yield the best fat ratio for all the Italian meatballs that you are going to make. You can also choose to use ground veal as an alternative to ground beef.


This is another important ingredient in making Italian meatballs; milk is to be used in soaking the fresh breadcrumbs and making the palade


You can use freshly minced garlic for that extra flavor, and you can also use a teaspoon or two of garlic powder. If you don’t want to use garlic, then you can skip it, as it is optional

Salt and Pepper:

You can use it for seasoning for best results


For adding fresh flavors, use parsley and fresh herbs to make your Italian meatballs flavourful. You can either use fresh parsley or choose to use oregano or fresh basil


This is very important in making the Italian meatballs. Breadcrumbs will be used to make the panade. This will be a combination of fresh breadcrumbs and milk to form the paste. The panade will absorb the juices as the meatballs continue to cook. This will ensure that they stay moist and nice.

Folks, these are the ingredients that you need to make fresh Italian meatballs.

Italian Meatballs Recipe:

Read this section of the article to learn how to make some delicious Italian meatballs.

Before we start with the recipe for the Italian meatballs, let me tell you that cooking the Italian meatballs will give you two choices: you can either partially cook the meatballs in the oven and then finish cooking them with the sauce, or if you serve them without sauce then cook the meatballs entirely in the oven. Now, let’s get to the most fun part: the RECIPE!

  • Firstly, start by placing the rack in the top third of the oven while you are preheating to 450 degrees.
  • After that, lightly brush a large-rimmed baking sheet with oil
  • Then, in a large bowl mix breadcrumbs with milk and then toss to coat and submerge. Let this combination sit until it is completely moist, and this can take about 10 minutes.
  • Then, you need to mash this mixture up with a fork until it looks like a wet, almost smooth paste
  • After that, you need to add egg, egg yolk, parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper, and parsley to this breadcrumbs mixture. Then, you need to use a fork to mix everything together. Mix all these together well
  • Then, you need to mix in the half-ground beef and pork. You need to use your hands to combine this mixture gently. You can also use a large spoon for the same if you don’t want to use your hands. Be mindful not to overmix
  • Then, you will be required to add the remaining ground beef and mix them thoroughly. Make sure not to overwork it much. You can ensure this by adding the mixture of ground beef in batches, and this will also facilitate easier mixing
  • For making the meatballs, you need to rub your hands with some olive oil and make golf sized balls with the meat mixture. Then, you need to bake it for about 20 minutes, and you need to bake it until the meatballs have reached an internal temperature of about 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then remove the balls from the oven and serve it
  • If you are serving the meatballs with tomato sauce, then heat tomato sauce in a medium pot until it simmers. Bake the meatballs until they have started to look brown, this will be for about 15 minutes. Place the meatballs in the tomato sauce and then simmer it until the meatballs are just cooked. Then register it on a 145-degree Fahrenheit instant-read thermometer for about 10 minutes

Once done, your meatballs are ready to be savored, oh! Do not forget to add spaghetti while you eat meatballs, as this will add more taste to your dish.

If you want to make your meatballs just perfect, head to the next section of the article as we share some expert tips on how to make meatballs.

Expert Tips to Make Meatballs:

Want to make your first impression on your guests? Then try cooking the flavourful and juicy Italian meatballs, but to perfect your meatballs, follow some of these expert tips as we will be listing them down under this section of the article. So, read it carefully

  • One of the major tips is not to overcook the meatballs. If you are making large-sized meatballs, then it will take about 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for it to cook, and this depends on the size of the oven. To get the best results, you can also use an instant-read thermometer. If you are using one, then let me tell you that your Italian meatballs will be fully cooked at 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Make double or triple batches when you are cooking the Italian meatballs. You easily make them in batches and freeze them for future use. They freeze beautifully on their own and or in the sauce, so make them more in batches if you want to savor some delectable Italian cuisine
  • Make sure to keep the meatballs cold. If you are cooking the meatballs and keeping it hot then the fat will be melting it down and will break it. This will make it hard to make the meatballs. Also, if they are hot, they do not taste juicy and full. If you feel like your mixture is too hot, then consider keeping the mixture for 15 minutes or so before you start shaping the meatballs
  • Be gentle when you are making the meatballs, this is one of the most important key tips to keep in mind when you are making Italian meatballs. Do not make your meatballs too tight, as they will become too dense and tough. Also, make the meatballs fast, and do not stress over getting perfect round-sized balls. Also, make sure to oil your hands when you are making the Italian meatballs. Another tip to remember is that when you start making the meatballs, the first few will be rolling nicely, but as you progress, the mixture might stick to your hands. For this to prevent, you need to oil your hands lightly after you complete every few meatballs

Folks, if you are looking to make this Italian meatball sometime soon, then make sure to follow these tips, as they will definitely aid you in making a perfect Italian meatball.

However, we also have some suggestions when it comes to the serving, to know them, head to the next section of the article.

What to Serve with Italian Meatballs?

Italian meatballs are one of the staple foods in Italy and the Italians do not eat their meatballs typically with pasta or spaghetti. It is a lovely dish which you can savor on a warm summer evening, preferably with al fresco and red wine. You can savor this dish in the winter, which will definitely lead to a flavourful evening, I bet!

However, if you are not considering pasta as your side dish, then you consider serving these Italian meatballs with cauliflower, potato mash, creamy risotto, or creamy polenta, or you can even consider a bowl of quinoa. These combinations already look mouth-watering, and you can definitely try them to know them for yourself.


Italian meatballs are not only perfect in summer, but you can also have them in the winter. Perfect for all family lunches and dinners. This juicy dish of meatballs and sauce will definitely give you a taste of heaven, and not only that, it’s super easy to make. So, do try making these Italian meatballs if you are a lover of meat. That’s all, folks. I hope the article will help you to get all the information you need.

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