Italian Meatballs


You can make these tasty Italian meatballs in tomato sauce in no time. A good filling side dish for the pasta.

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Italian meatballs
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-11-20, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 25 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 08-06-2022

25 minutes 4 people Side dishes 196 calories p.p.
Italian meatballs


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  • 500 grams of minced beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 grams breadcrumbs
  • 60 ml whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian spice mix
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • 400ml passata (optional)
Italian meatballs ingredients
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  • deep frying pan (or casserole)
  • large bowl
  • measuring jug
  • kitchen scales
  • large plate

Italian Meatballs

25 minutes 4 people Side dishes 196 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 10 minutes

Mix 500 grams of ground beef in a large bowl together with 2 eggs, 60 grams of breadcrumbs, 60 ml of whole milk, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of italian spice mix.

Season with salt and pepper. Mix everything well with your hands and roll a meatball of around 50 grams. It is best to use kitchen scales to check the weight.

Place the italian meatball on a large plate, and continue rolling meatballs until you've used up all of the meat mixture.

Italian meatballs
Italian meatballs

Finishing the Italian meatballs – 15 minutes

Add a generous glug of olive oil to a deep frying pan or casserole. Place the meatballs in the pan and fry over low heat until nicely browned on all sides.

It takes 10 to 15 minutes of cooking to get the meatballs nicely browned. You can now choose what kind of sauce you want to serve the meatballs in.

The most common sauce is a tomato sauce, you can simply add 400 ml passata to the frying pan. However, a tasty cream sauce or olive oil and lemon sauce is also good!

Season the sauce with salt and pepper and let the meatballs simmer over low heat. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with pasta or rice. Enjoy your meal!

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Italian Meatballs: frequently asked questions

How big are Italian meatballs?

Between 50 and 80 grams, Italian meatballs are the most convenient to eat. Larger meatballs require a longer cooking time. It's totally up to you to decide how big you make the meatballs!

What do you eat with Italian meatballs?

You can serve anything and everything with them, such as spaghetti, rice or even baked potatoes.

These meatballs can be enjoyed in many different types of dishes, especially if you vary the type of sauce you serve them with.