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Classic Italian Meatballs

Classic Italian Meatballs

Everybody needs a good recipe for Classic Italian Meatballs. This recipe is simple, easy and full of delicious, meaty flavor!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8


  • 1 Pound ground pork
  • 1 Pound ground beef 85% lean
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¾ Cup milk
  • 3 Cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 Cup Pecorino Romano
  • ¼ Cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley minced
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons kosher salt


  • Make the panade. In a small mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and the milk. Stir and let sit until the breadcrumbs have soaked up the milk and softened; 5 minutes.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the pork, beef and eggs. Add the panade, Pecorino, parsley, garlic and salt. Using your hands, mix the ingredients until evenly combined, being careful not to over work the meat.
  • Roll the mixture into meatballs (I like making them a little bigger than a golf ball).
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high. In batches, sear the meatballs on all sides until a brown crust forms. Add the seared meatballs to a simmering pot of marinara sauce to finish cooking.
  • Serve on their own or with pasta. Top with more Pecorino and fresh parsley.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Italian Meatballs, meatballs, Spaghetti and Meatballs