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Italian Style Meatballs

If there is any food that exemplifies comfort food, it’s meatballs. Your mother likely made meatballs and so did her mother, and chances are that you are also making your own. They are typically made with inexpensive cuts of meat and combined with a variety of ingredients with extra fillers, such as breadcrumbs and egg, and plenty of herbs and spices for great flavor. Then, depending on your mood or craving, the meatballs can be served in a sauce ladled over pasta or piled on a hoagie roll to make a delicious meatball sub.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Comfort, Meatball, Pasta, Spaghetti
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 408kcal


  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 eggs slightly beaten
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoon oregano fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 tablespoons parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • cup pecorino romano cheese grated

Meatball Glaze

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pecorino romano cheese Grated
  • 1 teaspoon oregano fresh, finely chopped


  • Heat oven to 350°Combine ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, oregano, crushed pepper, ketchup, onion, parsley, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
  • Roll the mixture into 2 ounce balls and arrange on a baking sheet.
  • 3.Meatball Glaze: Combine the ketchup, pecorino romano. Using a basting brush, coat the outside of each the meatballs. Add a final sprinkle of oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165 on an instant read thermometer.


Dried oregano leaves may be substituted for fresh.
Any combination of ground veal, sausage and ground beef can used in addition to the ground beef. I would recommend a blend of 1/2 pound sausage, 1/2 pound veal and 3/4 pound ground beef.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 5mg