This is my version of meatballs based on experimentation from several different recipes, including my mother's. I like to use these in spaghetti sauce, of course, but they're also delicious in my meatball subs. You can double or triple the recipe - sky's the limit! - and freeze.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Mix together the ground beef, onion, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until just combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, then roll each of those portions into 4 meatballs. Arrange the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

516.2 calories; protein 44.9g 90% DV; carbohydrates 10.1g 3% DV; fat 31.8g 49% DV; cholesterol 239.3mg 80% DV; sodium 916.5mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (72)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
Out of dry bread crumbs at the moment I used crushed garlic croutons instead. I made no other changes. GREAT meatballs. Excellent for meatball sandwiches. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2014
These were good but a bit bland. Next time I might try 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of ground sausage. I also used a 2" ice cream scoop to divide the beef. Read More
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95 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 65
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
Out of dry bread crumbs at the moment I used crushed garlic croutons instead. I made no other changes. GREAT meatballs. Excellent for meatball sandwiches. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2011
Fabulous as is!! I did make my meatballs bite size since that is how my family likes them. At that size I only cooked them 6 minutes and that seemed about right (less or more depending on if you like to see a little red or if you like crispy mearballs). Thanks for a great recipe my new "go to" recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2011
These were so good. I forgot to put the bread crumbs in. They were still really good but fell apart when we reheated them. Also made them much smaller Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2012
Just Made These Tonight For The First Time And I Have Never Had A Better Meatball....These Are Moist And Full Of Flavor!! Thanks For Sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2012
These were great and EASY! I took others' suggestions and made mini meatballs about 1 1/2 inch diameter. They were awesome and baked at 425 for 15 minutes (hot oven). Thanks Starr these are ex-L-ent! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2012
Starr's Savory Meatballs Haiku: "These were pretty good! Ate them with spaghetti squash. (I made mine smaller.)" I followed the recipe exactly as written only making my meatballs smaller than indicated in the directions (bout ping-pong ball size.) Tried them right from the oven (tasty but not mind-blowing - a good basic meatball) then let them simmer in sauce for a little while b4 serving over a spaghetti squash. The whole family declared them wonderful so we gotta give props to Starr for her easy meatball recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2012
Good meatballs; used for subs. I felt the portions were HUGE double my typical portion anyhow so I ended up freezing half. I had even halved the recipe! I think you could get 8 servings if served in sandwiches or over spaghetti out of 2 lbs of ground meat. I used ground turkey and added more Worcestershire b/c I think it helps 'beef' up the flavor when using ground turkey in recipes calling for beef (I find it makes turkey less noticeable to the usual beef-eaters). I made the meatballs a bit smaller than directed and they were perfectly cooked after 15 minutes. Good balance of the onion garlic and spices. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2011
I made these for a Christmas party and they were delicious! I added a half pound of sausage because I had some to use up. These will be my go-to homemade meatball from now on! Thanks Superstarr! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2012
I thought these were pretty good. I followed the recipe I just used 93% lean beef and cut the black pepper amount in half. They were a little on the herby side but I can see them working with a tomato or a beef sauce. They were huge compared to what I expected. They were about 3" and after cooking were still about 2 1/2" sized meatballs. Mine needed to cook 35 min. be flipped and then have another 20 minutes more. I cut the onion kind of small worried they wouldn't cook in time but with the extra minutes that helped. They were good with best marinara sauce yet. I plan to try them with a gravy to. 2 are filling to me especially if eaten with something else. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2014
These were good but a bit bland. Next time I might try 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb of ground sausage. I also used a 2" ice cream scoop to divide the beef. Read More
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