Mama Iuliucci's Famous Meat-A-Balls (Italian Meatballs)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Here it is, my mom's FAMOUS Meatball recipe! This is THEE most requested of her for anything, anywhere! Whenever there is a shower, birthday, christening, etc., someone is asking for 150 to 200 of her famous meatballs. :) Of course, she always says yes! She is not one for "exact" measurements (a little of this, a dash of that), so I tried the best I could to adapt her recipe. Of course, these are best served with My Mama Iuliucci's "Don't Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce My Mama Iuliucci's "Don't Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce, but I have used jazzed-up jarred sauce and they are still great. However, meat-a-balls like these deserve a homemade sauce, in my humble opinion!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 8 -10 slices white bread, broken into small 1/2 inch pieces (or you can use rolls or any stale bread you have and want to use up)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 12 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes (or to taste)
  • 14-12 cup grated parmesan cheese (or Locatelli)
  • 1 -2 teaspoon salt
  • 14-12 teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil (for frying) or vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. Mix all ingredients gently in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Roll meatballs 1 1/2- 1 3/4" in diameter.
  3. Heat about 1/4" of oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.
  4. Fry meatballs in oil, rolling frequently, until evenly browned and juices run clear.
  5. Drop meatballs in your favorite sauce (I highly recommend My Mama Iuliucci's"Don't Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce recipe#26947) and let simmer for awhile to flavor sauce or just serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.
  6. Tip: You can also bake or broil these if the frying part is too much of a hassle-- I use my broiler pan if I bake them, so the fat drips down and away from the meatballs.
Most Helpful

5 5

Excellent meatballs! I did make my own spaghetti sauce, by the way...wouldn't have it any other way! They were very easy to make too. One change I did make was baking the meatballs instead of frying. It is so much easier that way! (I have 3 kids running around here, so easy is key in my cooking!) Other than that, didn't change a thing. Thanks for a great recipe, Karen!

4 5

They were easy and delicious. They made my "same ol' spaghetti" into SPAGHETTI AND MEAT-A-BALLS!! Great the next day after sitting in the sauce all night. Thanks.

5 5

These were the closet to how my Mom made meatballs that I have come across. No more store bought meatballs for me!