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April 02, 2016

The BEST Homemade Meatballs | Spaghetti & Meatballs

I'm sure you already have a Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe - everyone does.  The key to making things that everyone makes - and already loves - is to make them the best.  Every single time I make Spaghetti & Meatballs, Mike and I rave - oh, these are the best yet.  If you have not tried to make you're own homemade meatballs, I really encourage you to.  They are so so so easy - and so much better than anything you can buy.

They are a staple around our house - usually on Sundays.  I make a triple batch of meatballs and have them for lunch throughout the week or put them in the freezer.  This recipe takes 20 minutes, but can me made far in advance, so is great for a casual dinner party, or cozy family dinner.

UPDATE : Some of my readers have had difficulty with using the silpat.  I've switched to using pre-cut parchment sheets that fit perfectly in a sheet pan... they are a dream.  They are non-stick and you can just throw them away after you use them.  I use them for everything - cookies, roasting vegetables, meatballs, etc.  I'm stocking them in my store as one of my favorite "essentials" - 200 sheets for $12... which should be a year supply.  No more washing the silpat! 

Using a food processor makes it a very quick process - no mincing garlic, grating cheese or chopping parsley.  Throw it all in and...

You end up with the most amazing seasoned breadcrumbs. 

Pour them on top of the meat, then add the eggs.  The general rule I follow is 1 egg for every pound of meat. 

The milk keeps the meatballs moist.

Fluff the mixture with a fork to combine - it keeps the mixture from getting compact. 

All combined.  Look at all of that flavor!

I use an ice cream scoop to portion them into the same size, then use my hands to form them into balls.

I bake them on a Silpat lined baking sheet so they come off easily.

*Silpat does not recommend using it under a broiler.  I have not had a problem with mine, but others have said it was damaged.

UPDATE : I've switched to using pre-cut parchment sheets that fit perfectly in a sheet pan... they are a dream.

I love that these are baked instead of fried in oil.  Healthier and no huge greasy mess to clean up.

Homemade Meatballs
so easy

1 pound of ground beef
2 slices of bread
2 cloves of garlic
fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese 

2 tablespoons of milk
1 egg
salt & pepper

Food Processor Method :

Begin by cutting bread into cubes.  In the food processor, put garlic & parsley.  Pulse until both are finely chopped.  Add parmesan cheese cut into 1-inch cubes (if not already grated).  Pulse until fine.  Add bread in small batches and pulse.   Add mixture to ground beef.  Add eggs, milk, salt and pepper then mix with a fork, keeping the mixture light and fluffy.

By Hand Method : 

Tear bread into small pieces.  Add grated parmeasan, minced garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.  Add eggs and milk. Mix together.  Add mixture to ground beef.  Mix with a fork, keeping the mixture light and fluffy.

Form into balls with an ice cream scoop and place on a baking sheet.  Cook meatballs at 400 degrees in the oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

Serve with spaghetti and tomato sauce - for my recipe, click here.



  1. Tricia9:09 AM

    I made the meatballs and sauce for dinner last night and my husband said the meatballs were one of the best things I've ever made. Easy and delicious!

  2. Tricia,

    I'm so glad! Don't you think they are so much easier to make than you'd think? I used to think 'homemade meatballs' were such an ordeal... now, it is just an easy weeknight dinner.


  3. Hi Jenny,

    I made this for Christmas Eve and they were a huge hit! Everyone was talking about how moist and delicious they were! They are so easy too! Thanks!

  4. We tried this recipe and loved it! We actually substituted ground beef for ground turkey - and it came out really, really good. Thanks! Here's a post on how we did it -


  5. Anonymous10:32 AM

    I like one pound of 85% lean ground beef and half a pound of ground pork.

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  7. Hi Jenny,
    My sister and I made these meatballs over the weekend, and they were delicious! Will definitely make again:) Thank you!

  8. You probably already know the many benefits of learning how to cook for yourself. At least, if you don’t know all of them, you know some of them. But one of the main things is that you can create dishes that are exquisite without having to rely on any one. Plus, you can benefit from knowing exactly what you put into those exquisite dishes, making them healthy.

  9. Stephanie8:29 PM

    I am 35 weeks pregnant and can't get enough of cooking and baking! I am so glad that I stumbled across your blog because I have gotten some wonderful ideas and recipes from you. I made your simple tomato sauce last week with a manicotti dish that I had been eyeing for a long time. It turned out fabulously - thanks in part to your wonderful sauce! Tonight I made the tomato sauce again and tried the meatballs. Oh my gosh - they are so easy and delicious! This is going to be my "house" recipes from now on! I am so glad that I tripled the recipes of the sauce and meatballs so my husband and I can enjoy them in a few weeks when baby Walt is (finally!!!!) here!

  10. I pinned this recipe a few weeks back and a couple of days ago I made them. AMAZING....I can now stop looking for a meatball recipe. The meatball Gods have come through. I would like to do a post on my blog about this recipe with a link back to your post, if that is okay with you? I am in meatball heaven. Thank you!

  11. Can you believe that meatballs are Chris' favorite and yet I have never made them? I need to try these!

  12. What a wonderful post. Meatballs are one food my entire family loves, so I will have to try this. Your pictures are so beautiful and they sound delicious.
    Coming here by way of The Enchanted Home, nice to discover your blog.

  13. Great post. I dont' have a good recipe for meatballs so thanks for this very user friendly post, my kids love them so will have to give it a go. Love how you show us each and every step. Found your blog from The Enchanted Home, its lovely.

  14. Anonymous11:29 PM

    this recipe is delish! The next time I made the meatballs however, I boosted the amount of fresh parmesan cheese to 1/3 of a cup. wow, they were amazing especially with the homemade pasta I made that day!

  15. Anonymous12:44 PM

    These are DELICIOUS!! And quick and simple to make...who knew homemade meatballs could be so easy to make.

  16. Deliciousosoooo!!The meatballs were so moist and simple to make especially since I had everything on hand. And the tomato sauce is fresh and so yummy! I will never use jarred sauce again! Thank you! Loving your site...

  17. Anonymous1:36 PM

    I just found your blog and I'm in heaven! My little boys favorite meal is spaghetti and meatballs. I have searched for a good recipe and never been able to find a really good one, especially an easy one! I'm going to try theses for dinner tonight and can't wait! Thank you thank you thank you!

  18. How lovely and interesting dish shared on the site so that can know that how to make in this recipe also. It is good and wonderful site then most of the people are desire connected in this site it has excellent work.

  19. This recipe is just a winner! It is so easy to prepare and the result is just very satisfying. I really appreciate that you have included photos of the step-by-step procedure. Having this in your freezer will really make it easy to have a quick homemade spaghetti with meatballs. Thank you for the share.

  20. Can you substitute whole wheat bread or the bread that has the seeds in it for the bread crumbs? Thanks!

  21. Heather1:51 PM

    I made your meatballs last night for my husband. I don't eat meat, so I wasn't able to taste test it before he tried them. He LOVED it!! I'm not the best in the kitchen so I appreciate your easy to follow directions & pictures!!! Thanks for sharing!! =]

  22. Yup, these were as wonderful as you claimed. I was getting sick of frozen meatballs always tasting FROZEN. So I gave this recipe a whirl last night. I actually doubled the batch because I found a 2 lb. package of ground beef that was marked down because it was the sell-by date. The prep took less than 10 minutes and they were so good! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, which I have shared with a few friends already.

  23. Anonymous5:04 PM

    Yum! I found a pepperoni & marinara semi-soft cheese that I grated then added into the meatballs!

  24. I would recommend baking them on aluminum foil instead---my parchment paper almost started on fire!

  25. Anonymous1:00 PM

    Can I do these without the parsley?

  26. So will they be thoroughly cooked after 7-9 min under the broiler? and can you freeze these?

  27. These look delicious! I actually took ground beef out of the freezer this morning with the intent of making meatballs tonight, and then I stumbled across this recipe. =) So do you freeze them uncooked or do you broil them and then freeze them? Thanks!

  28. Anonymous11:13 AM

    how much salt about? always hard with raw meat because you can't salt to taste....

  29. These meatballs are great, but now my silpat pad is ruined. You're not supposed to use it under the broiler.

    1. Jenny6:20 PM

      Oh no! I'm so sorry that you had trouble - I have not had that problem. I've noted it in the recipe, though. Thanks for letting me know!


  30. Anonymous1:19 AM

    Needed a homemade recipe and WOW stumbled upon one!!! This is so easy, so quick, and so yummy! Everyone just loved them. Thank you and you are now in my favorite list of recipes!!! Carla

  31. Anonymous6:45 PM

    I just made these meatballs and they r the best I have ever tasted...I ate 2 when they came out of the oven and hope there will be some left for the family..LOL...

  32. Anonymous8:29 AM

    Can anyone tell me how much parsley they used? Would you say about a bunch the same size as in the picture above?

  33. Can you substitute whole wheat bread or the bread that has the seeds in it for the bread crumbs? Thanks!

  34. Jenny, I made these meatballs the other day, and they were absolutely delicious with the fresh parsley, bread, and cheese!!!!! This is my official new meatball recipe (out goes my meatballs with 4C breadcrumbs!).

  35. Meatballs never get boring.

  36. These are freakin delicious! Definitely a keeper.


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