Italian Meatballs

  • Yield : 30-40
  • Servings : 10-12
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 50m
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Calories from Fat

  • Total Fat

  • Saturated Fat

  • Trans Fat

  • Cholesterol

  • Sodium

  • Carbohydrates

  • Dietary Fiber

  • Sugar

  • Protein

  • Serving Size

    3 large meatballs (100g)

Americans love spaghetti and meatballs. Italian-American restaurant offer a plate piled high with spaghetti topped with 2 to 3 jumbo meatballs in a tomato based sauce. Some restaurant meatballs are huge providing as many calories and saturated fat as a steak.

Italian polpetti is plural for meatballs. In Italy, meatballs and salad are served after the pasta as an entree not with the pasta. Spaghetti and meatballs, like so many Italian-American foods, is an American invention.

Southern Italian meatballs are moist and tender. Some recipes produce dense, tough meatballs. Like meatloaf, bread is added to absorbs liquids, like tomato sauce, resulting in melt-in-your mouth meatballs. Small meatballs added to broths or soups call swell to twice their size.

This recipe makes 30-40 large meatballs or 100-120 small meatballs. Meatballs can be frozen for six months or more and used as needed. Meatballs cooked in tomato sauce can also be frozen for later use

Homemade meatballs have less than half the sodium of commercial prepared meatballs without sacrificing flavor.


Cook’s Tips

  • Meatballs to be eaten after frying or frozen for later use must be cooked through to an internal temperature of 160°F. Meatballs added to tomato sauce do not have to be fully cooked since cooking will be completed as the sauce cooks.
  • Cooled meatballs can be placed in a freezer bag and frozen for up to 6 months.
  • To reduce calories form fat, meatballs can be baked in a 350°F oven about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.

Related Recipe


Beef & Turkey Meatballs



  • 1 lb. (450g) lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. (450g) lean ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (25g) grated Romano cheese
  • 4-5 slices (120g) French or Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water or white wine
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh parsley minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Olive or vegetable oil for frying

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Pour water over bread slices and soak 20-30 seconds. Drain water and gently squeeze bread to remove excess water.

Step 2

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix, using your hands, until well combined.

Step 3

Shape meat mixture into 1 1/2 to 2 inch balls for large meatballs and about 1/2 to 3/4 inch balls for small meatballs. Place meatballs on a plate or baking sheet until ready to fry.

Step 4

In a large skillet, heat about 1/2 inch of oil to 325°F (165°C). Fry meatballs in batches until lightly browned. About 2 minutes per side for large meatballs and about 2 minutes total for small meatballs. Remove and drain on paper towels.