The best and most delicious authentic homemade Italian recipe. Meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce. Dinner is ready!
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Mom's Easy Traditional Italian Meatballs

The best and most delicious authentic homemade Italian recipe. Meatballs in a tasty tomato sauce. Dinner is ready!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: main dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 14 meatballs
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 3-4 slices of bread (remove crusts, I use day old Italian and if it is extra thick use 2 slices)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  • In a small bowl soak bread in water for 2 or 3 minutes, then squeeze out moisture and tear into small pieces. In a medium bowl combine bread with remaining ingredients (except olive oil and ingredients for the sauce) and mix well. Form into small balls ( I form the meatballs into the size of a golf ball). In a medium frying pan with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, brown meatballs on all sides. While meatballs are browning, in a separate, medium sized, deep pan add all ingredients for the sauce, stirring until well combined. Add browned meatballs. Over medium heat, heat to boiling, then lower heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes (covered), than raise heat to medium, (leave pan slightly uncovered 1/3 uncovered) and cook an additional 20 minutes, until sauce has thickened. Serve immediately, top with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired. Don't forget some crusty Italian bread to soak up the delicious sauce. Enjoy!
  • **If you decide to bake the meatballs, shred approximately 1/3 cup of firm mozzarella on top and bake in the oven until melted, make sure you use an oven safe frying pan.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1.9mg