Buca di Beppo’s Famous Meatball Recipe

Buca di Beppo’s Famous Meatball Recipe

Do all this and you should be able to enjoy a Buca-style meal in the comfort of your home! If it doesn’t turn out quite as you’d hoped, though, our doors are always open during dinnertime for dine-in and carry-out.

 

This recipe is provided by Buca di Beppo.

4
Servings
930
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  Pound  ground chuck
  • 1/4  Cup  shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2  Cup  bread crumbs (preferably Italian)
  • large eggs
  • cloves of garlic
  • 1  Teaspoon  each of salt and pepper
  • 8  Ounces  water
  • 32  Ounces  authentic marinara sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine first 7 ingredients and mix thoroughly. Do not over mix – this will cause the meatballs to become tough. Divide into equal portions and shape into 6 meatballs. Place meatballs on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until a dark brown crust forms, 13 to 15 minutes.

Transfer meatballs to a Dutch oven. Combine marinara sauce and water, and pour over the meatballs. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until meatballs are cooked through, 35 to 45 minutes. Place the meatballs on a platter. Skim the oil from the top of the marinara and ladle it over the meatballs.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
44g
63%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
17g
71%
Cholesterol
222mg
74%
Carbohydrate, by difference
62g
48%
Protein
67g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
233µg
33%
Vitamin B-12
6µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
428mg
43%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
12µg
0%
Folate, total
92µg
23%
Iron, Fe
11mg
61%
Magnesium, Mg
112mg
35%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
11mg
79%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
770mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
89µg
100%
Sodium, Na
1243mg
83%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
308g
11%
Zinc, Zn
13mg
100%

Meatball Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Meatball Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.