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Italian Meatballs

These Italian meatballs are flavorful and delicious. This recipe will take spaghetti and meatballs to a new level of yum.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings



  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 7 cloves garlic sliced very thin
  • 10 leaves fresh basil
  • 2- 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes reserve 3 Tablespoons
  • salt & pepper


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 4 cloves garlic grated or minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 lbs. ground beef


  • Add oil, garlic, and basil to a medium sized sauce pot. Heat over medium heat until basil leaves just start to brown, then discard the leaves. Add crushed tomatoes, being sure to reserve 3 Tablespoons to mix in the meatballs. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a bubble, reduce heat, and simmer.
  • Combine reserved crushed tomatoes, eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix in ground beef until well combined. Roll into balls. A cookie scoop or Tablespoon works well to make them the same size.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Brown meatballs without fully cooking them. Place browned meatballs into sauce and simmer for about 30 minutes to finish cooking them.
  • Serve over pasta.
Keyword Meatballs, pasta