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Classic Meatball Recipe

Classic Meatball Recipe.This easy meatball recipe is my all time favorite! Tender, juicy meatballs loaded with flavor and simmered in a homemade marinara sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Serene




  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • pounds ground beef 80% preferred
  • large eggs
  • 1 cup  bread crumbs Italian style
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon  pepper
  • ¼ cup  fresh parmesan grated
  • ¼ cup  minced onion
  • cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup  milk


  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 28 ounces tomato sauce
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2  cup onion diced
  • cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon  oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon  salt more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon  light brown sugar


  • Mix the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, grated parmesan, minced onion and minced garlic together in medium sized mixing bowl. Slowly pour in the milk and mix using hands to ensure thoroughly mixed. Mixture will be wet.
  • Heat oil in a large pan or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Using hands roll meatball mixture into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place in the pan coated with oil.
  • Cook the meatballs over medium heat, turning while they cook, until browned on all sides. Cook in batches if needed to avoid over-crowding. Once all meatballs are seared remove from the skillet and set aside. (do not worry if the meatballs are cooked through, they will finish cooking in the sauce)
  • Drain the grease from the pan, but leave all the blackened bits.
  • Return the pan to the stove at a low heat.  Add the onion and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Add in the oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Add in the light brown sugar and stir.
  • Return the meatballs to the pot. Gently mix into the sauce.
  • Bring sauce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sugar: 16g