How to Make Delicious Italian Meatballs

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pot with meatballs and sauceHomemade Italian Meatballs

Most everyone in my family loves meatball subs.  The main ingredient is the subs are delicious Italian meatballs.   They are pretty easy to make ahead and then freeze for use later.  Here’s how we make them.

You will want to have a cookie sheet with edges and if possible a rack  that fits into the cookie sheet to place on top of it.  We lined the cookie sheet with aluminum foil with edges for easy clean up.  If you do not have a rack, cook them without it.

meat for meatballs

What Makes Them Italian Meatballs?

Using Italian bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese gives these meatballs an Italian flavor.  If you do not want them to taste like Italian meatballs, don’t add the cheese and use plain bread crumbs in place of the Italian bread crumbs.

How Big Do You Make the Meatballs?

We make the meatballs 1 1/2 inches in size.  These are perfect size for making a sub sandwich.  They are also a great size for using as an appetizer or in meatball soup.

meatballs with cheese

Do You Fry or Bake Meatballs?

To make the Italian Meatballs healthier, we bake them.  You can use a baking rack or cook them directly on the baking sheet.  We recommend you line the baking sheet with aluminum foil.

rolled meatballs

You can serve these in your spaghetti, chop up and use them in lasagna.  They are great to freeze and serve in a crockpot or in an meatball sandwich.

baked meatballs

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Homemade Italian Meatballs

Making Italian meatballs is easy and delicious. You can use them in several delicious meals. What will you make with your meatballs?
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 meatballs
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1-2 Tablespoons water (if needed)


  • Preheat oven 400F.
  • In a bowl add the beef and ground sausage.
  • Add all the ingredients but the water and mix.
  • If the ingredients are dry, add the water a tablespoon at a time.
  • Mix until everything is incorporated.
  • Make 1 1/2 inch balls.
  • Place the meatballs onto the rack so that they all fit, but are not touching.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Place in your favorite sauce to make a sub sandwich or make homemade lasagna. You can also eat these as an appetizer.


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You can serve these in your spaghetti, chop up and use them in lasagna.  They are great to freeze and serve in a crockpot or in an Italian meatball sandwich.

How to make Italian meatballs is easier than you think.They are delicious to use in so many delicious meals. What will you make with your Italian meatballs?

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