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Parmesan Meatballs

Updated on February 20, 2017

Make Great Meatballs for Dinner

This meatball recipe is full of flavor and is perfect for spaghetti, homemade meatball subs, or as an appetizer. This is an easy recipe that anyone can make, it's only requires mixing the ingredients, rolling the meatballs, and baking for 30 minutes.

So read on for how to make the best meatballs ever!

History of the Recipe

I love to cook and experiment. A couple years ago I learned to make basic meatballs with ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, and milk. It was okay but nothing special so I started playing with it.

Very quickly I found out that cooking the meatballs on the stove in a saucepan like the recipe stated was wrong. The meatballs stuck to the pan, sometimes burned a little, and broke apart when I moved them around to keep them from burning. So instead I decided that since many of the ingredients were similar to meatloaf that I could cook them in the oven like meatloaf just for a much shorter amount of time. It worked beautifully! Nicely formed meatballs with no burned spots.

First thing to go was milk, I'm lactose intolerant and while I can handle a hard cheese like Parmesan milk even in small amounts is out of the question. First I substituted just beef broth, then replaced half the beef broth with red wine. Then I added Italian herbs and garlic. It was getting better.

The thing that made it though was replacing half the bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese. Pure meatball heaven.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1/2 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs or 1 Cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Red Wine *Never use cooking wine, the rule is if you wouldn't drink it you shouldn't cook wi
  • 1/4 Cup Beef Broth or Milk
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Crushed Large Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Basil
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tbs Kosher Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Mix ground meat, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, herbs, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix wine, eggs, and the broth or milk together thoroughly in a small bowl and add to the meat mixture.
  4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Form meat mixture into golf ball sized balls and place in rows in the cake pan. An ice cream scoop can be used to evenly measure out the mixture.
  6. Bake in oven at 375F for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Makes roughly 2 dozen meatballs.

For Pasta: Mix meatballs into marinara sauce about 5 minutes before serving. Serve over pasta of your choice, I recommend whole wheat pasta not only is it healthier is has a heartier taste that goes well with the meatballs.

For Subs: Place meatballs into sauce pan and pour just enough marinara sauce over the top to cover the meatballs, cook over medium heat until sauce is hot. Spoon meatballs into sub rolls, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and toast in an oven at 400F for 10-15 minutes.

Appetizer: Simmer in a crock pot with sauce of your choice until thoroughly heated. If guests are serving themselves leave the crock pot on warm.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      I love a good meatball! I'll be giving these recipes a try!

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      I love a great meatball! I'll be giving these recipes a try!

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for some good meatball recipes.

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Sounds good. I'll probably try this within the week. An aside--I've got a fifteen year old daughter who will absolutely not eat meatballs (I'll try these on her!). I can (and have) made meatballs and chopped them up so that everything entered the sauce. She was fine with that. If I leave the meatball intact, though, it stays on her plate. Go figure. Thanks for this page.

      -Art Haule

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      whiteskyline lm 6 years ago

      That sounds NOM, I am hungry now!

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      This sounds incredible. Going to try it. Nice lens.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      That sounds like an interesting recipe.. I'm going to have to try it! Thanks!

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      very tasty

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Hmm mmm good Meatball recipe!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome recipe-Thanks!

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      Trudy 7 years ago

      I tried your meatballs! I must say, your secret ingredients, (WINE, and BEEF BROTH) make an amazingly spectacular meatball! Great job!

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      Trudy 7 years ago

      I love cooking also. must try your recipe. It sounds fabulous! Thanks for the healthy, helpful tips!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Mmmm...really great sounding meatballs. I hadn't thought to cook them in the oven, but it's a much healthier alternative then frying.

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      I like to substitute bread that has been soaked in milk and squeezed of the excess for the bread crumbs. It makes the meat balls very moist and tender.

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      I went from frying to baking my meatballs as well. I put them on a rack so they drain the grease as they brown. I can't wait to try some of these recipes. 5 stars

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      casamonika 9 years ago

      Looks like you started a meatball lovers club - I'm in! 5*

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Yummy! I like it. Meatballs for dinner.

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Great lens, once again. Meatballs though are too finicky for me but I love to eat them!

      There is a large white area after your videos...do you know it is there? It disrupts the flow of your lens a bit.

      Brenda

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      OOOOOO, shouldn't read lenses like this before lunch! 5 Stars!