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Classic Homemade Meatballs

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Sharing my Classic Homemade Meatballs today! Perfect for parties or in a big bowl of spaghetti.
Classic Homemade Meatballs

Homemade meatballs are one of my favorite things….ever.  When I have a little time on my hands, I love hand rolling each meatball, browning them and simmering in pasta sauce.  The house smells fantastic too!  You’re going to love my recipe, be sure to give it a try!

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Start by adding your seasoning to the ground beef.  I prefer the grass fed lean ground beef.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Add your minced garlic.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Just a touch of heavy cream or milk.  Either is fine.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

A couple tablespoons of grated Parmesan.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

A couple tablespoons of Panko bread crumbs.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

A teaspoon of yellow mustard.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

A couple tablespoons of fresh thinly sliced basil.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

One egg.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Give a nice stir without over mixing.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

I like to use a medium cookie scoop to make even meatballs.  It’s about 2 tablespoons each meatball.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Roll each meatball into tight rounds.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Brown in hot olive oil browning both sides until cooked through.

When done, transfer meatballs to a plate, wipe most of oil out of pan and add pasta sauce.  My 10 Minute Homemade Pasta Sauce works great.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Place meatballs back into simmering sauce until ready to serve.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

Before serving I sprinkle with grated Parmesan and fresh basil.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

These are great eaten as an appetizer or with spaghetti…or even for meatball hoagies.

Classic Homemade Meatballs

I highly suggest making a double batch, these babies go fast!  You can freeze them for another dinner as well.  They freeze great.

Classic Homemade Meatballs


Classic Homemade Meatballs

Classic Homemade MeatballsPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 40 min


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sliced basil leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 1 large egg
  • 26 ounces pasta sauce
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sliced basil leaves to garnish


  1. Place meatballs, salt, pepper, garlic salt, minced garlic, cream, Parmesan, Panko, mustard, basil and egg into a large mixing bowl. Gently stir to combine all ingredients. Don’t over mix. Roll into even size meatballs. I use a medium cookie scoop to form same size meatballs.
  2. Heat large skillet with oil over medium heat. When hot cook meatballs until browned on both sides and cooked through. When done, transfer to a plate. Wipe any remaining oil out of pan then add pasta sauce, warming over medium low heat. Place meatballs into sauce and let simmer until ready to serve.
  3. Before serving, garnish with additional Parmesan and fresh basil leaves. Serve as an appetizer or with spaghetti.

Makes 16-18 Meatballs

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    Meatballs are such a good idea for almost any occasion and so versatile! Your r cup looks amazing!

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    Meatballs are a must have for my boys…this recipe looks great!

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