Best Italian Meatballs

Best Italian Meatballs

We went to Rome and stayed in a wonderful apartment for two weeks. One day we took an Italian Cooking Class in Trastevere, one of the oldest parts of Rome.

The main lesson was on how to make Italian meatballs. This is the best meatball recipe I have every tried. This is a very easy meatball recipe because of how the meat is cooked. These amazing meatballs are juicy and flavorful. Once you see how they are made you will understand how these are deliciously different meatballs.

There are two things that make these the most flavorful and delicious meatballs. One is the combination of meats. Adding pork and veal to the beef add multiple flavors. Second, cooking the meatballs in a marinara sauce allows the wonderful tomato flavor to soak into the meatball and breadcrumb mix.

Preparing it this way enables you to skip a step and cook your meatballs and heat your marinara sauce at the same time.


1 LB. Meatloaf mixture prepared by your grocery store:

1/3 ground beef

1/3 ground pork

1/3 ground veal

1 ½ C. Italian breadcrumbs

½ cup marinara sauce

¼ C chopped onion

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp basil

1 egg

1 C water to use as needed later.


Put all the ingredients except the water into a bowl. Mix with your fingers until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Roll into small balls about the size of golf balls.

Pour the remainder of the marinara sauce in a large pan. Add ½ C water to make the sauce thinner. It will be cooking for 20 minutes and the sauce gets thicker as they cook, and liquid evaporates. Simmer for 20 minutes on medium so the sauce bubbles slightly, turning them every five minutes. Cut one open to be sure they are cooked through. They will be tender.

Make your spaghetti and serve the meatballs and sauce from the pan over the pasta. I love to put some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top! You can add our

You can put the remaining meatballs in a zip lock bag and freeze for another meal. I usually separate them into serving sizes and I get a few more meals from this.

If you like your meatballs larger be sure to cook them longer and check them before you take them out of the sauce.



Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread

This Artisan Bread is so easy to make! With only 4 ingredients and a few minutes you can have delicious bread that is beautiful and healthy. You will want to make it often!

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1.5 tsp. yeast

1.5 cups warm water

In a bowl, stir the flour, salt, yeast and water until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and rest at room temperature for 12 hours.

Turn the dough onto a well floured surface with your hands floured, as it is sticky. Form a ball by turning the sides up over each other like an envelope. Cut an x on top with a sharp knife. Rest for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray cooking oil into a Dutch oven and put the Dutch oven in the oven while it is heating. Take it out and put the dough into it. Cover and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes. Depending upon your over it may be ready after 35 minutes. When you take the top off you will see if it is golden brown on top.  Cool before slicing. Delicious!

Artisan Bread

Serve it with our meatball recipe!