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Maria's Italian Meatballs Recipe

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (52 Reviews)


Maria's Meatballs

Maria's Italian Meatballs

Photo: Diana Rattray
This authentic Italian style meatballs are perfect for your favorite spaghetti sauce and pasta. Make these well seasoned meatballs and simmer with spaghetti sauce on the stovetop or slow cooker.

From Maria:
This is my Italian mother's recipe for meatballs. Everyone always loves them and you can adjust the seasonings to taste.

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (85% to 90%)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup water, to moisten (see instructions)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 medium onion
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper


Mix all ingredients together. Don't add all of the water at one time. Mixture should be moist but not so that the meatballs fall apart.

Shape meatballs to desired size and place on a broiler pan (I wet my hands before shaping each meatball and it helps make a nice meatball.) Broil until outside is slightly brown on one side and then turn and broil the other side. When finished, add to spaghetti sauce and simmer at least 20 minutes.

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 5 out of 5
Maria's Italian Meatballs, Member purlbaker

A big family hit! I made these exactly as written, no changes or substitutions and they were delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

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