Authentic Italian Meatballs/Polpette

READY IN: 2hrs 45mins
Recipe by janwithaplan

My mom's friend who is Italian gave me a copy of her family cookbook that they had bound and published. It was a wedding shower gift that I treasure. As a newlywed I used this recipe a lot! I've been married 16 years and I make these with spaghetti, for meatball sandwiches, and smaller versions for appetizers to take in a crockpot to parties. Some friends think it is strange to put uncooked meatballs in the sauce, but that's what the recipe says to do. It cooks for a long time, and the meatballs keep their shape. I do not make my own spaghetti sauce. I buy two large jars of Ragu. No one seems to notice, or care!!Always a hit!!! Makes a lot and freezes well.

Top Review by lbandbuggy

These were fabulous meatballs, I used a doctored up Ragu sauce, and my husband says he wants them every week. Loved them, and are now my go to recipe for spaghetti and meatballs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Form about the size of golf balls
  3. Make or pour tomato sauce into a deep pot Drop meat balls in sauce.
  4. Simmer for at least 2 hours.

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