Easy Italian Meatballs
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These flavor-packed easy Italian meatballs are a family favorite! They're perfect to serve on top of a pile of spaghetti or to use for meatball subs!
Yield: About 18 meatballs
  • For the meatballs:
  • ¾ c. breadcrumbs
  • ¼ c. whole milk or buttermilk
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ lb. ground pork
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ c. grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil, minced
  • 3 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ c. onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  1. For the meatballs: In a small bowl combine bread crumbs and buttermilk, stir and let sit for 5 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are a moist.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the ground beef, ground pork, bread crumb mixture, egg, parmesan, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Using your hands, gently mix the ingredients, being careful not to overwork it. Shape meat mixture into balls, approximately 1½ inches in size.
  3. In a large skillet set over medium heat, add olive oil. When oil is shiny and hot, add the meatballs. You may need to do more than one batch depending on the size of your skillet. You don't want to overcrowd the pan or they won't brown properly. Brown the meatballs on all sides, rotating every 2-3 minutes or so. Remove meatballs and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  4. For the sauce: In a large pot over medium heat, add the olive oil. When hot, add the onion and saute until tender and translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring to a rolling simmer, then reduce to low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add cooked meatballs and the parmesan, simmer for an additional 50 minutes, taking care to check that the sauce isn't burning or that the meatballs aren't sticking. Serve with cooked spaghetti or place or use for meatball subs.
-Ground turkey can be subbed for the ground beef and ground pork.

Recipe source: Life Made Simple
Recipe by Life Made Simple at https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/easy-italian-meatballs/