Meatballs, Meatballs, Meatballs !!!


Classic Meatballs

There are few meals I love more than Spaghetti and Meatballs.  You know what I’m talking about.  Good Italian pasta, cooked al dente, bathed in a wonderful gravy and topped of with moist, flavorful, beefy meatballs.  Totally a slice of heaven!  Simple, soul satisfying food.  For some reason, I’ve had a hard time finding a great version of this at a restaurant.  Maybe they aren’t the current chic thing for restaurants to be serving, I don’t know.

When I tried this recipe for meatballs, I feel instantly, head over heels in love.  These babies were just what I was looking for.  I served them with Sunday Gravy and  the whole family was smitten.  Not only does the flavor totally rock, they are NOT fried.  I love this for  two obvious reasons.  One, there’s not a whole lot of splattered, greasy mess to clean up,  and two,  there’s not a lot of extra, and unnecessary,  fat added to them.  I hope you give these gems a try.  Let me know what you think!

Classic Meatballs


Meatballs, Meatballs, Meatballs !!!

By May 18, 2010


    1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees and adjust oven racks to upper-middle  position.
    2.  Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Cook onions until very soft, 10-15 minutes.  Add garlic, oregano, and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Set aside.
    3.  In a large bowl, add milk and bread and allow to sit for 10 minutes.  Mash.  Add onion mixture and combine.  Add remaining ingredients except beef and knead to combine.  Add beef and knead until ingredients are well combined.
    4. Form mixture into 2 1/2 inch meatballs ( you should have approximately 16 meatballs ), place on rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes.  Transfer meatballs to pot of sauce and simmer for 30 minutes on very low heat so that you do not have to stir pot.  Serve over cooked pasta!
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    46 Responses to Meatballs, Meatballs, Meatballs !!!

    1. Sinful Southern Sweets

      Ahhh, those look fabulous!! And I just want to say, I know how hard it is to photograph spaghetti and make it look good. It is not easy!! Great job!!

    2. Kathy Gori

      great post, beautiful pix! I'm drooling here.

    3. Siri

      That looks SUPERB.

    4. Cinnamon-Girl

      I have yet to find a restaurant with meatballs that I like – even at Italian restaurants they taste frozen. These are absolutely mouth-watering! Homemade are always better.

    5. Barbara Bakes

      I love how you arranged the first picture. Makes you want to grab a fork and just dig in to that delicious pile of pasta and meatballs.

    6. My Kitchen in the Rockies

      I just learned recently that Italians eat meatballs (if they eat them at all, most don't, it depends on the region) on the side on a separate plate. It seams to be more of an Italian immigrant dish to please Americans that were used to eat pasta and meat together on one plate.
      But who cares, they are yummy and tasty. Yours look great.

    7. Cool Lassi(e)

      Those meatballs look fabulous. I am in serious want of that bowl. The fact that you used sausage instead of ground meat must add another dimension of flavor! Yum!

    8. Lynda

      Yum! Yum! Yum! This is my favorite meal and I also bake the meatballs…great food and a wonderful photo!

    9. appropriated.muffin

      so classic a dish… and just so amazingly delish every time! i could definitely go for a huge serving right now!

    10. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

      The picture looks fantastic! I LOVE meatballs and have been looking for different meatball recipe, thanks!

    11. Bridgett

      The sauce (Sunday gravy) look luscious and the meatballs would definitely be my favorite part.

    12. Fresh Local and Best

      I think meatballs are one of the best comfort foods out there. Looks delish!

    13. Kat

      Looks so delicious. Thanks for posting.

    14. Ana Powell

      It looks absolutely delicious, great photos ?

    15. TKW

      That's comfort in a bowl! I, also, like that the meatballs aren't fried–genius!

    16. Norm

      yummy. amazing photos:)

    17. ~RED~

      I love love meatballs. Great photos also!

    18. Kim

      Both my husband and I are always disappointed when trying spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant. I don't know why it is so hard for restaurants to get it right.

      These meatballs definitely look right! I love that they are a mixture of sweet Italian sausage and beef. They look killer.

    19. B & D

      i Heart Spaghetti and Meatballs…my sister and i love cooking as well as eating..:) yummmmm!!!and homemade meatballs are the best!!

    20. Tupper Cooks!

      Nice balls! I've had a hankerin' for spaghetti and meatballs for about a week now- I think I'll get rid of it tonight- Thanks for sharing!

    21. lishapisa

      Looks delicious! Great Photo too ! you can never ever get tired of Spaghetti and meatballs
      My sister just made meatballs too and please see how her baby daughter Molly react to it! Precious!!
      CookNg Sisters

    22. Holly

      This looks soo good! Meatballs sure do make the spaghetti don't they;)

    23. Rick

      Always a fan of unfried meatballs.

    24. Bellini Valli

      How did you know I was thinking about a simi-large plate of spaghetti and meatballs. It seems just the day for it!

    25. Allison

      Those meatballs look amazing! You're making me hungry!

    26. lisa

      Spaghetti and meatballs is pretty much perfect comfort food. I want to make some now!

    27. elra

      Don't you just love, classic home cooking like this? I just love pasta with meat ball, in fact, I never met anybody who will say no to it. Yours look meltingly good!

    28. Krista

      This looks absolutely amazing! We're big fans of the meatball around here. I make big batches and freeze them.

      Your Sunday gravy is on my list to make!

    29. Snooty Primadona

      Yum! As a matter of fact I posted the same kind of recipe on my cooking blog last week. Once I made my own meatballs I can never go back…

      And yours look absolutely scrumptious!

    30. Jen_from_NJ

      I want to dig in and devour that whole bowl. Your spaghetti and meatballs look so good!

    31. bonnie

      I have been craving spaghetti and meatballs. great recipe


    32. Raina

      These sound delicious, and the pictures are amazing. It is late at night and I am wishing I had them right now!


      You are so right, there are few things as comforting as a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. I love that this recipe make enough sauce to keep the pasta drenched in all the tomatoey goodness!!

    34. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~

      Hi Kathleen, Thanks for stopping by I'm playing catch up and this recipe is one I'm going to try. Thanks for sharing.
      ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    35. Magdalena

      Hello; few days ago I saw one chef preparing this dish on French Cuisine tv. I like, meatballs a lot in various versions – Indian, Italian, Polish, Scandinavian and son on. Homemade, once you have a good recipe, usually will be better than in restaurant…

    36. Don

      Two things here: Beautiful, and YUM!

    37. Chef E

      Yes, congrats! Love me some pasta and meatballs! One weakness of mine that can be dangerous, but I take the risk once a week :)

    38. tigerfish

      I like a good meatball spaghetti anytime!

    39. Mimi

      This is the way I like my meatballs.

    40. Shannon

      oh my gosh, i love a good meatball :) yum…

    41. Kevin

      Those meatballs look so good!

    42. Christy

      I made these tonight and they were fabulous! I am a little confused about the garlic though. Do use a total of 10 cloves? Some cooked with the onions and then add more with the meat? Thanks for the great recipe! My whole family loved it!

    43. Jaclyn

      These look amazing! Is there anything better than Italian food and good delicious carbs =)? I’m going to have to pin and try this, thanks Kathleen!

    44. Cyndi Spear

      These meatballs are just amazing! They make my family happy, happy, happy!!! every time. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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