bowl of spaghetti and meatballs

Homemade Italian Meatballs

Italian meatballs (AKA the best Italian meatball recipe on the internet) is a crowd-pleasing childhood favorite of mine. They’re simply made with ground beef, breadcrumbs, parmesan, and your favorite marinara!

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 30 minutesTotal: 45 minutes
Fat 19 Protein 29
Yield 4-6 1x


  • 1 lb. ground beef, 80% lean/20% fat
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (option to sub gluten-free or whole wheat bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (+ more for topping)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 25 oz. marinara sauce (use our homemade marinara sauce!)
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 8 oz. spaghetti noodles (or any kind of noodle!)


  1. Place ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Then, use a large wooden spoon or your hands to thoroughly mix, combining all ingredients. I recommend using your hands as it’s faster and easier.
  3. Once combined, heat olive oil in a large skillet or cast iron over medium heat.
  4. Use a standard-size cookie scoop to scoop meat into your hands. Then, form into a ball and place on the skillet. Repeat until there is no meat left. You should get around 16 medium-size meatballs.
  5. Brown meatballs on all sides for around 8 minutes. Use a pair of tongs to flip each meatball, being careful not to burn the outsides.
  6. Once all sides are brown, pour in marinara sauce and red wine. Toss so that the meatballs are covered in sauce.
  7. Lower heat to low and cover. Let simmer for about 20 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes.
  8. While the meatballs are simmering, prepare your spaghetti of choice by following the directions on your package.
  9. Once your noodles are cooked, strain and serve with meatballs and sauce. Top with a generous amount of parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 501 Sugar: 9 Fat: 19 Fiber: 5 Protein: 29
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: DinnerMethod: Stove-TopCuisine: Italian

Keywords: italian meatballs, italian meatball recipe

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