Shortcut Italian Balsamic Meatballs Recipe: Go to Flavortown in Minutes by 30Seconds Food

Shortcut Italian Balsamic Meatballs Recipe: Go to Flavortown in Minutes

We are all for ingredients that make our lives easier. Frozen meatballs are one of those ingredients that can help get a tasty dinner on the table in no time. This easy shortcut balsamic meatballs recipe packs a lot of flavor into a small bite! They are a quick and easy weeknight meal or a fun appetizer for game-day snacking.

To make this Italian balsamic meatballs shortcut recipe, you need just two simple ingredients: frozen meatballs and balsamic vinegar. The thawed meatballs and balsamic cook in a saucepan until the meatballs are hot and glazed with the vinegar. Delicious! Serve these savory meatballs with toothpicks as an appetizer or with pasta or rice and your favorite side dishes for dinner

Not a fan of frozen meatballs? Try one of these homemade meatball recipes instead:

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Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6


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Recipe Notes

  • You can use your favorite homemade meatball recipe instead of frozen meatballs. Simply prepare and cook as you normally do, then proceed with the recipe.
  • For best results, use good-quality balsamic vinegar for this recipe.
  • For a little heat, add some crushed red pepper flakes.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the vinegar into a saucepan over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add the meatballs and stir to coat. Cook, stirring often, until the balsamic glazes the meatballs and has mostly evaporated and the meatballs are heated through. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve immediately with pasta or as an appetizer. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 484

Total Fat: 39.1g

Saturated Fat: 16g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 695mg

Total Carbohydrate: 10.9g

Dietary Fiber: 1.8g

Total Sugars: 3.6g

Protein: 19.6g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 73mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 406mg

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Saucepans $10 & Up
Pasta $1 & Up
Rice $2 & Up
Toothpicks $4 & Up

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I love the flavor of balsamic vinegar so good.
Sometimes...shortcuts save the day. This one's going in my "Keeper" file, for when it's one of THOSE days! And I really like that the recipe is really easy to cut in half, for times when you just don't need 2# of balsamic meatballs.
Elisa Schmitz
Totally agree with you about shortcut recipes, Terry . Simplicity often saves the day! Hope you enjoy this recipe.

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