Italian Meatball Recipes

Looking for Italian meatball recipes? Allrecipes has more than 30 Italian meatball recipes made with beef and pork, veal, even turkey and chicken. Enjoy them with pasta or on a sandwich.

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Bren's Italian Meatballs

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The perfect addition to any tomato sauce.

Baked Italian Meatballs

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Authentic beef and pork flavor without using pork.

Chef John's Italian Meatballs

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Homemade meatballs are a very easy to make, and since we skip the very messy step of pan-frying these before they hit the sauce, it becomes downright simple. Here I use a standard half-beef/half-pork mixture. You can substitute water or beef broth for the milk, if preferred.

Meatballs Divine

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These are amazing and nothing amazing is ever easy; keep that in mind when you undertake this recipe. Try to avoid tasting them before you're ready to serve because you may end up eating them all and your guests will be left with only marinara and pasta. I make this recipe as written, then I freeze half of it when combined as it makes about 40-50, 1 1/2-inch meatballs (enough to feed Sicily.)

Rice Balls a la Tim

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My father LOVES these--so I name them after him. I make these softball sized as a main course for a quick, filling dinner. Serve with a side of sauce and garlic bread.

Two Meatballs in One

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This is a sweet Italian sausage meatball tucked inside of a beef meatball. Very yummy and a great conversation starter. This is a labor intensive effort, but it is one of the most flavorful and moist meatballs I've ever eaten. It is also a very fun way to serve a very standard but beloved dish. Serve with your favorite pasta.

The Best Meatballs

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I never knew how to make good meatballs until I found this recipe. I normally make mine with just ground beef and they still taste great. I've used the combination of pork, beef and veal and they are equally good. Definitely use fresh bread crumbs and freshly grate your cheese instead of using the canned really does make a difference.

Italian Baked Meatballs

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This recipe makes the most tender and tasty meatballs. I also freeze these meatballs and take out how many servings I need for each meal. If cooking in sauce, add baked meatballs 20 minutes before serving time.

Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

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This is a recipe I got from my mother years ago -- it's great.

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

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This is an easy recipe that can be prepared in a slow cooker for a great hot meal at the end of the day. Serve with hot cooked spaghetti noodles.

Chef John's Ricotta Meatballs

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Ricotta-spiked meatballs are so tender, so flavorful, and so delicious. There are hardly any ingredients. Of course we're going to throw this over some spaghetti, because we're Americans and that's what we do with meatballs.

Eggplant Meatballs

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Yes, I made eggplant meatballs. If you know me, you know I love eggplant! I also love meatballs. Hence, I decided to make two of my favorites together, and it is delicious. I used ground turkey and almond meal, but I am giving you alternative suggestions below. This is a great paleo recipe and very addictive. I like using an ice cream scoop so they are all the same size! Perfect for entertaining. Yummy!

Inspiration and Ideas

Chef John's Ricotta Meatballs

"These meatballs are amazing, and the best that I have ever made!" – Melanie

Easy Homemade Meatballs

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This is the recipe for easy homemade meatballs that my mother used growing up. I now make them for my family, and my picky husband loves them. Serve with your choice of pasta.