Photo Francine Zaslow

This is a basic recipe for Italian-American meatballs. You can add other ingredient to it like ground a few pieces of mortadella, a dash of nutmeg for variety.


            1 ½ ground beef

            1 ¼ ground pork

            ¼ cup breadcrumbs

            ¼ cup whole milk

            1 tablespoon fresh parsley

            1 small onion, minced and sauteed in 1 tablespoon butter until lightly brown

            1 garlic clove, minced

            ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

            Salt and freshly ground pepper

            ¼ cup all- purpose flour

            Olive oil for frying


Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with your hands until well combined.

Roll small amounts of the meat mixture into small balls, smaller than golf balls.

Roll in the flour and set aside.

In a large skillet heat a small amount of oil over medium heat, when hot, add the meatballs and brown on all sides. 

Put your marinara sauce in a saucepan, heat and arrange the meatballs in the sauce and cook for 1 to 2 hours until done. 

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