Best Ever Italian Meatballs
photo by Irishcolleen
- Ready In:
- 1hr 55mins
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 lb ground pork
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 cup bell pepper, finely chopped
- 3⁄4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, grated
- 1⁄3 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 teaspoons anise seeds (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Shape into small meatballs.
- Drop the meatballs into simmering sauce. It is important not to stir the sauce for at least 25 minutes. This will allow the meatballs to firm up enough as not to break up in the sauce. Make sure your burner is low enough so that your sauce does not scorch during this process.
- Continue simmering until sauce reaches desired consistency and meatballs are cooked through.
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My review is for those who, like me, may not have all the ingredients so the recipe was modified. Used all ground beef, no fresh herbs but substituted dried, omitted anise and green pepper. I cooked the meatballs in the sauce as directed but couldn't fit them all in the pan so baked the remaining ones - those in the sauce came out better. Didn't touch it for 25 minutes, turned them, simmered another 10-15. The sauced meatballs (12) were much larger than the size of a golfball and the baked ones (14) about the size of the golfball - so with 1 1/2 lbs. of meat, this makes quite a bit. Simmering them softens the onion where baking doesn't allow enough time for the onion to mellow. I'll use all fresh herbs next time - which I always prefer.
This recipe is AMAZING! I omitted the anise because I didn't have it but it turned out yummy anyway. I've read the other reviews to leave out the green peppers so I'll try that next time. Also, the sausage I used for this was the Jimmy Dean sage flavor (it was all I had) which itself is seasoned to perfection so I also went easy on the salt. DELICIOUS!
I made these meatballs with a couple changes and they were fantastic! I omitted the green pepper and did not use the anise seeds. I also put the meatballs in a 400 degree oven for about 5-7 minutes before putting them into my sauce. Then I simmered them in the sauce for about 10 minutes. I was hesitant about dropping raw meat into my sauce. My family really enjoyed them. This is now my meatball recipe. Thanks for sharing!