• 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork (*see notes)
  • 1/2 pound ground veal (*see notes)
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped and sautéed)
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley (finely)
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 spanish onion (large, finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 56 ounces plum tomatoes (and their juice, pureed in a blender)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 6 basil leaves (chiffonade)
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Calories1080Calories from Fat810
Total Fat90g138%
Saturated Fat20g100%
Trans Fat0.5g
Calories from Fat810
Total Carbohydrate29g10%
Dietary Fiber7g28%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Colette 12 days ago
fabulous, I did add one whole cayenne chilli, I like everything with a little heat 😡
really good! need to sautee veggies a bit longer than it says
Brian G. 15 Apr
turned out good. The family enjoyed it.
Joy T. 12 Apr
I have the same trouble with all the recipes now. I've copied the instructions for you Elise. From 2 tablespoon olive oil down, is the recipe for the home made sauce. Everything above that is the meatballs. Meatballs: Combine all ingredients, (except the oil), in a large bowl until well-combined. Roll into 1+1/2 inch balls. Heat the oil in a large sautee pan or dutch oven over medium heat and add the meatballs. Let them fry, cooking on each side until lightly browned, but not cooked all the way through. About 10-15 minutes. Add the meatballs to tomato sauce and let them simmer on medium low heat for about 45 minutes. Home made Sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic until they’re softened- about 15 minutes. Add the pureed tomatoes and juice, the bay leaf, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 40 minutes (with the meatballs in there!) Remove the bay leaf and parsley prior to serving, and mix in the basil. Serve, and enjoy! You can substitute the veal and/or pork with ground beef or ground turkey if preferred.
Elise M. 11 Apr
I am trying to get the directions for this recipe and it wont let me. I even went to the cozy cook website and it will not let me get the directions.. I have the ingredients but need to know how to cook it.. Can someone tell me if there is a problem with this website and yummly.
Michele R. 29 Oct 2016
This is the third time I've made this and they never disappoint. These are so close to the meatballs from my childhood and my son loves, loves, loves them.