Authentic Italian Meatballs/Polpette

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs

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.

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.
Most Helpful

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.

lbandbuggy February 18, 2010

Great meatballs. I used bread soaked in milk instead of breadcrumbs but made as written. We ate four and froze the rest.

adopt a greyhound November 01, 2009

I cant believe this only got one review. Ive been using this recipe for about a year now and everyone loves it. I am making some now to bring to a girls weekend. These meatballs are easy and fabulous, with no crust! People will call me for MY meatball recipe when they have to make meatballs! i use the Ragu too and follow the recipe to the T. love them!

jbroderickl June 06, 2008