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Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Packed with flavor and tender throughout, these will be sure to put a smile on your whole family’s face for dinner.


  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 32 oz marinara sauce


  • In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs with milk. Let sit.
  • In a large bowl, use your hands to combine beef, pork, sausage, onion and garlic.
  • Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • Gently stir in bread crumb mixture, eggs, Parmesan and parsley until just combined.
  • Form mixture into about 1” balls.
  • In a large, high-sided, skillet over medium heat, heat oil.
  • Sear meatballs on all sides to develop a crust.
  • Set meatballs aside, reduce heat to medium-low, and add sauce to skillet.
  • Once the sauce is simmering, immediately add meatballs back to skillet.
  • Cover and simmer until cooked through, approximately 8 minutes.


Try baking the meatballs at 425 degrees on a greased baking sheet for 15-20 minutes for a different take on this.

Inspired by and adapted from: allrecipes