Homemade Meatballs

I’ve been told I cook like an Italian. Unrelated, I’ve also been told that I look like I’m Irish. Neither one of these is correct, although flattering. (Greek, by the way, for those interested.) This recipe certainly allows my supposed Italian side to shine.

I grew up with my mom making homemade meatballs. When I was little, she used to let me help roll. My hands would get all gunked up (when I was young I wasn’t much for getting dirty), but I felt like such a big girl for helping. All these years later, I can’t make this recipe without going back, even if only for a moment, to those times with my mom at the kitchen table.

Since leaving home, I’ve made these countless times. For parties, for work functions, for future dinners (perfect to make in bulk and freeze for later). Like most things I make, the recipe is easy, but this one requires you to get your hands dirty. So roll up your sleeves and be prepared to make your own memories, perhaps with your little ones.

Homemade Meatballs

Prepares 24-28 meatballs


1/4 cup parsley
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 cloves garlic, pressed  -OR- 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
2 eggs
2 pounds ground meat*

*Note I have also made these with turkey meat, and they are just as tasty.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, combine until mixed well.

Taking small portions at a time, roll mixture into balls, about 1 1/2″ to 2″ in diameter.

Place on a broiling pan and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from broiling pan and allow to cool.

As I mentioned earlier, you can make these in bulk and freeze, which is typically what I do. However, if you want to enjoy them right away, you can add them to a sauce of your choice and heat until warm. In this case, I served over pasta. My husband also likes using them for meatball sandwiches.


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  1. Kristen
    Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Yum, these look great! I love making meatballs but your post made me realize I never enlist the help of my daughter, who loves to be in the kitchen. Will be making these with her next weekend – thanks!

  2. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I love making meatballs and freezing for future use. I’m a vegetarian and my husband is not – so easy to make a veggie meal, but have meatballs on the side for him.

    Look forward to trying your recipe.

  3. Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Sounds yummy!! I usually add diced / minced onions, brown them slightly in a frying pan with olive oil and let them sit in a pot of sauce for as long as possible. Mmmmmm.

  4. Posted May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    As an Italian, I can say that that is for sure a complement. Since, duh…


    I use a veal-sirloin mix. But I can’t say anymore….(Don’t take sides outside the family and all that).


  5. Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    @Kristen – If you make them, please let me know how they turn out.

    @Jessica – In my opinion, they are actually better when you freeze and reheat. Not really sure why. Definitely nice and easy though.

    @Jeff – I’ve considered browning them before. I may have to try that next time. Thanks for the tip.

    @JenJen – Ah, then it is the highest of all compliments. Thanks, as always, for the love.

  6. Posted May 17, 2010 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    these look yummy! 1/2 my kids Luv love meatballs. i’ve been looking for a recipe! im gonna try this tonight!

  7. mommanadeau
    Posted December 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    i am fo the first time trying this recipe so i will let you know how they turn out after my picky hubby tries them. lol

  8. janie
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I have never made meatballs in my life lol… But it’s true. These seem easy enough so I am gonna go for it, thanks for the recipe janie

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