Nonna's Famous Italian Meatball Recipe: These Ground Beef Meatballs Melt in Your Mouth by Ann Marie Patitucci

Nonna's Famous Italian Meatball Recipe: These Ground Beef Meatballs Melt in Your Mouth

Every Italian grandma and mom have their own way of making meatballs. This easy meatball recipe is exceptional! The meatballs are soft, moist and perfect with your favorite pasta and sauce. They also make a mean meatball sandwich or meatball casserole.

You can freeze these meatballs after cooking, too. Simply let them cool completely, then pop them into a freezer container. You'll have delicious meatballs whenever the craving hits for about 3 months. To cook, thaw the meatballs then put them into a sauce to reheat.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup dry Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese or Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced parsley

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, cheese and parsley. Mix to combine, but do not over-mix. 
  3. Roll into 2-inch balls and place on a greased baking sheet
  4. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 20 minutes. 

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Donna John
Love how simple this recipe is! I don't have a favorite meatball recipe, so maybe this will be it. Trying it soon.
This looks so good 👍
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Nonna's meatballs look amazing. What a hearty helping of pure comfort!

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