Authentic Italian Meatballs

Authentic Italian Meatballs
Recipe type: Italian
Serves: 6-8
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I love Italian food and these are by far the best meatballs I've ever tasted outside of a restaurant. The broil method really adds to the presentation of these meatballs and seals in the great flavors, you'll swear you're in Italy!
  • 1 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • ⅓ cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped basil (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray (or you can line with foil and spray for easy clean-up).
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients being careful not to overwork the meat.
  3. Shape into meatballs and place on baking sheet leaving at least one inch apart for air flow.
  4. Broil the meatballs (I set my broiler for 475°F) for 10 minutes about 8 inches from the heat source.
  5. Using tongs, turn the meatballs and broil for another 10 minutes. At this time, start heating your red sauce on medium heat in a large pot or skillet.
  6. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh Parmesan and parsley and serve over your favorite pasta!
For more equal meatballs, I use a ¼ cup measuring cup, fill and scrape off the excess, then roll into a ball in my hands.


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