Savory Italian Meatballs or Meatloaf

READY IN: 2hrs 5mins


  • 12
    cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 12
    cup finely chopped onion
  • 12
    cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1
    lb hot Italian sausage (optional)
  • 2
    tablespoons emeril's italian spice essence
  • 3
    (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce


  • Wash your hands.
  • Form your ground beef into a tube on a large cutting board. Cut a slice down the middle of the tube forming a pocket along it's length.
  • Remove the Italian Sausage (optional) from casing and place it into the pocket, then sprinkle all other ingredients over it (except the Spaghetti Sauce).
  • Knead your ground beef tube with your hands until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
  • Form your meatballs rolling them with the palms of your hands.
  • If you are making meatloaf instead of meatballs, form your meatloaf tightly and bake it on a broiler pan (so the grease will drain through the holes) at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, pour your favorite Spaghetti Sauce over your meatloaf. When the meatloaf is done, it is ready to serve.
  • Place your meatballs on tin foil in a large roasting pan. Roast at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. This recipe makes about 50 meatballs. You may need to use 2 roasting pans depending on your pan size. Remove from oven when done.
  • Pour your sauce (I always use Paul Newman's Sockarooni Sauce) into a crockpot until it is about 1/2 full. Add your meatballs and cover with a bit more sauce. Freeze any extra meatballs or set them aside in your fridge for a second serving later.
  • Set your crockpot on high. Your meatballs will be ready to serve in about 1 hour.
  • Try to keep the crowd back once word spreads about the juicy Italian flavor. Whatver else is happening at your party, a line will always be formed in front of your meatballs.