This meatball recipe takes a little time but is well worth it.  I like to make a double back and freeze them for a quick weeknight pasta meal.  They also work well as a crostini appetizer , in soup , with Baked Ziti, Baked Meatball Sandwiches, Spaghetti and Meatball Skewers  Eggplant Parmesan,  and many others.

What You Need:IMG_3255

1 Pound Hamburger Meat

1 Cup Bread Crumbs

1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Eggs

2 or 3 Cloves Crushed Garlic

3 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley

Olive Oil

Marinara Sauce


What To Do:   Mix all the ingredients together.  I use my IMG_3074hand and ‘squish’ everything together until it is blended completely.  I find this is much better than trying to mix it together with a spoon.  Once they are well mixed I roll them into balls.  My family has a preference for mini meatballs but any size will work.  Once I have made all the meatballs I brown them in a pan with a little olive oil. I don’t cook them all the way through.  Just until the outsides  are browned. Then I put them in my marinara sauce to finish cooking.   I feel that this method gives both the meatballs and the sauce a nice extra flavor.

Note: I don’t do this if I am going to use them in soup. For that I continue to cook them in the pan.

The meatballs can also be baked in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.