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Italian Meatballs

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Italian Meatballs

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  • 1 lb. ground beef (at least 16 percent fat)
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2/3 cup milk (whole or 2 percent)
  • 3 slices white bread (crusts removed, about 3 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano (or marjoram)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 cup flour (for dusting)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce (make in step 1 of method or use already prepared)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onions
  • 3/4 cup carrots (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery (finely)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 28 oz. tomatoes (crushed or whole, including the juice, or 1 3/4 pound of fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil (or 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil)
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
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    Calories630Calories from Fat350
    Total Fat39g60%
    Saturated Fat12g60%
    Trans Fat0.5g
    Calories from Fat350
    Total Carbohydrate37g12%
    Dietary Fiber5g20%
    Vitamin A70%
    Vitamin C35%

    * 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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    MaryCanCook 3 months ago
    This recipe was easy to make and does require few items to be chopped up but the ingredients that the flavor bring out in these meatballs is what makes the difference between good and great meatballs. Will definitely make again
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    Karen Samuels 7 months ago
    Amazing!! Better than most restaurants!! Will definitely make again!
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    Kayla Krieser 8 months ago
    This is my go to meatball recipe!
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    It was excellent and I will make again.
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    Rochelle Bbr a year ago
    Loved it! I’ve made this recipe twice now. Each time is really amazing! I have added mushrooms to my sauce and it was so great!
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    Addie Fox 2 years ago
    The meatballs were very bland. I should have known better and just used seasoned breadcrumbs.
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    Sonya Rayner 2 years ago
    Wonderful I use this recipe for party size and for meal size great every time
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    Kari Pulczinski 2 years ago
    Turned out great! Family loved them!
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    Gemma Gemma 2 years ago
    Awesome followed the recipe and it turned out amazing.
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    Laurie 2 years ago
    They are excellent !!! Would definitely make these again
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    Mitchell 2 years ago
    Great meatballs. I added a little extra parmesan to the mix.
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    Krista Munson 2 years ago
    These meatballs are terrific! Flavor and texture is amazing!
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    Marlene 2 years ago
    Rolling the meat balls in the flour makes it easier to handle. Sauce was a little bland, I added some other spices to give it some more flavour. Will definitely make again.
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    Rob DC 2 years ago
    The sauce didn't that much better than what I'd get out of a can.
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    Maria Billis 3 years ago
    Great! Rolling the meat balls in flour made a good difference sauce was simple and good
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    Braa 3 years ago
    Beautiful super yummy
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    Lynn 3 years ago
    absolutely fabulous will definitely make this again..... awesome flavor and great texture definitely a keeper
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    Getsalotkc 3 years ago
    awesome. never used ricotta in meatballs before.. never used the vegy’s in the sauce either everyone really liked it all
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    Diane 3 years ago
    Very good and moist. Will make them again
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    Gabrielle G. 3 years ago
    Taste very good exactly as the picture :)
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    Melton 3 years ago
    great recipe thank you
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    Barb Crawford 4 years ago
    Amazing! This is the Real Italian style meatball. The ground pork added to the beef makes all the difference along with the softened white bread. I used italian bread and added a couple extra slices. They came out perfect. Adults and kids raves about these meatballs!
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    Bellamy 4 years ago
    It turned out so good! My boyfriend loved it and it was easy enough for me to whip together!
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    Vicki Sofianos 4 years ago
    amazing! i i used mild italian sausage and they had so much flavor! the entire family loved them!
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    Dustin Maness 4 years ago
    Turned out amazing. Didn't use the pork, just doubled the beef. Sauce is good, I accidently added to much pepper for my family's taste but it was perfect for me.
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    Weststeyn 5 years ago
    This was the best meatball recipe that I have made and I have tried a lot. I did use jarred sauce because I was making manicotti to go with it.
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    Lily M. 5 years ago
    This is so yummy!😁I will make it again.😊Definitely!
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    julie h. 5 years ago
    Great! Toddler approved
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    Trina F. 7 years ago
    It was my first time making homemade meatballs and everyone loved them! Recipe was very easy to follow but since it was my first time it took me about a half hour longer than the allotted time on the recipe list. I love the amount of cheese that was used with making the meatballs as well.