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Favorite Meatballs

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Favorite Meatballs

Meatballs With Pasta

Photo: Diana Rattray
These meatballs are delicious simmered in purchased or homemade spaghetti sauce. Double the recipe and freeze some for another day. Serve meatballs with pasta and a tossed salad, and pass the Parmesan cheese.


  • 1 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage (or remove from casings)
  • 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water, or as needed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Line a large shallow baking pan with foil; oil lightly. Combine all ingredients, using just enough water to moisten. Shape into meatballs, about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter.

Broil the meatballs about 8 inches from the heat source for about 10 minutes. Turn and broil for 10 minutes longer.

Put the meatballs in a large saucepan and cover with your favorite pasta sauce, homemade or purchased. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Serves 6 (about 18 to 24 large meatballs).

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 5 out of 5
A family favorite!, Member NiaMalek

I was making this recipe exactly for several months and my family LOVED them. But then I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, which meant I couldn't use the bread crumbs of Italian sausage. I switched it up with Tapioca bread crumbs and I season my own ground pork. Just as good, and I can still eat it! LOVE this recipe!

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