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Classic Italian Meatballs


Classic beef and pork meatballs - easy to make ahead and freeze to use whenever you like!


  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1/2 Pound ground veal
  • 1/2 Pound ground pork
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 Cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Mince garlic, onions, and parsley. The idea is get the flavor of these ingredients to permeate the meatballs, not to have chunks of onion or garlic in the meatballs. 2. Mix beef, veal, pork, garlic, onion, eggs, cheese, and parsley in a large bowl, until thoroughly mixed. Don't over-mix the meat as it will change the consistency. 3. Fold in the breadcrumbs, adding water to keep the consistency very moist, but still able to form balls that will hold their shape. 4. Form meatballs approximate one and half inches in diameter. 5. Brown the meatballs either in a frying pan, on a baking sheet in the oven. 6. Cook the meatballs only until browned, not fully cooked. Remove from pan. 7. Add meatballs to sauce, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until fully cooked.