Italian-Style Meatballs

March 19, 2022

Hey, y’all! Looking to cook a restaurant-quality Italian meal at home? Start by making my Italian-Style Meatballs, which come together in minutes and are simply delicious. You’re going to love them!

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Italian Style Meatballs

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Italian-Style Meatballs

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of meat should I use for Italian-style meatballs?

I use lean, good-quality ground beef; that said, you can do a mix of ground beef and ground pork if you prefer.

What’s the secret to great Italian-style meatballs?

You will want to soak your breadcrumbs in milk for 15 minutes prior to mixing your meatballs together. Don’t skip this step!

What sauce do I serve with my meatballs?

I am a huge fan of Jersey Tomato Co. sauces, which are made with 100% New Jersey Tomatoes.

Italian Style Meatballs

Ingredients, Shopping List: Italian-Style Meatballs

  • lean ground beef (or both ground beef and ground pork if you prefer)
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • vidalia onion
  • parmesan cheese
  • milk
  • egg
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • parsley
  • red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • Jersey Tomato Co. Arrabbiata Sauce
Italian Style Meatballs

How To Make Italian-Style Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Soak breadcrumbs in milk for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine all ingredients, but do not overmix.
  4. Make even-sized balls (1.5 in. – 2 in. diameter) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165F.
  5. Heat Jersey Tomato Company Arrabbiata Sauce on the stove; add + cover meatballs; serve.
Italian Style Meatballs

Tips and Tricks

  1. The milk-soaked breadcrumbs will help the meatballs be moist + delicious – don’t skip that step!
  2. To make your meatballs the same size, use an ice cream scoop.
  3. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when making meatballs is overmixing the ingredients. Once uniformly combined, stop mixing immediately.

Other Recipes You’ll Love

  1. Italian Hoagie Dip
  2. Homemade Sloppy Joes
  3. Bourbon Franks

The Recipe

Italian-Style Meatballs

JC Phelps
Want to make Italian-style meatballs at home? Look no further than this easy-to-make version that is sure to become a household favorite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 549 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. ground beef can be a mix of beef/pork if you prefer
  • 1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 vidalia onion grated
  • 1/3 c. parmesan cheese grated
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • Jersey Tomato Co. Sauce such as arrabbiata

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Soak breadcrumbs in milk for 15 minutes.
  • Combine all ingredients, but do not overmix.
  • Make even-sized balls (1.5 in. – 2 in. diameter) and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Heat Jersey Tomato Company Arrabbiata Sauce on the stove; add + cover meatballs; serve.

Notes

  • The milk-soaked breadcrumbs will help the meatballs be moist + delicious – don’t skip that step!
  • To make your meatballs the same size, use an ice cream scoop.
  • One of the biggest mistakes you can make when making meatballs is overmixing the ingredients. Once uniformly combined, stop mixing immediately.

Nutrition

Sodium: 834mgCalcium: 397mgVitamin C: 5mgVitamin A: 642IUSugar: 6gFiber: 3gPotassium: 595mgCholesterol: 140mgCalories: 549kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 13gFat: 32gProtein: 35gCarbohydrates: 30gIron: 5mg
Keyword italian, italian-style meatballs, meatballs
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Purchase Jersey Tomato Co. Sauce

There’s no better sauce on the market than the offerings from the Jersey Tomato Co. They offer an Arrabbiata (featured in this recipe), a classic Marinara, a Roasted Garlic, and a Tomato Basil. Purchase here.

Jersey Tomato Company Sauce

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My best,

JC

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