Authentic Italian Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

A 3-step main dish in itself or goes in my "Sunday Sauce with Meatballs, Sausages, and Pork Chops."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef, bread, onions, parsley, eggs, cheese, and garlic.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste; If the mixture is dry, add ½ cup of cold water and mix well. Form into about 12 meatballs.
  3. Place the meatballs in a sauté pan with the olive oil and fry over medium to high heat until brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Most Helpful

Thank you for the recipe, taste delicious!

yudinata August 21, 2012

This is exactly how I have been making meatballs for many years. I bake them and let them simmer in a good 'sunday gravy' for a few hours. Once in a while I add a little Italian sausage to the mix. I think soaking the bread in the milk makes a huge difference.

BayAreaRob October 13, 2016

Very good. I come from a long line of really good Italian cooks and am a bit critical of meatballs. I've used my mom's old recipe for the past 20 years and had decided I was looking for a change. I stumbled across this one and gave it a try. Glad I did! I used Italian seasoned breadcrumbs and dried parsley since I forgot to buy the real stuff. Cooked for 3 hours in my own sauce recipe. They were very tender (cooked only in the sauce) and flavorful. D-LISH!! I really enjoyed them and think I've found my new recipe replacement.

Karin L. September 18, 2016