The meatball recipe

I cannot, for the life of me, remember where I originally found this recipe. It’s been saved in my Evernote for years, simply titled The Meatball Recipe, and I use it a lot. These have great flavor and never dry out on me.

It’s a great go-to recipe because it works for so many different seasons and occasions! I love it any time of year served with dipping sauces: barbecue, sweet chili, and ketchup all work great. They can be grilled in the summer when it’s too hot to fire up the oven. They’re obviously good to throw in a big batch of spaghetti and meatballs, but I also like to divide them up and freeze them in little baggies of three each so I can add them into quick pasta/tomato sauce lunches — instant protein add!

How would YOU use these?

The meatball recipe

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24 meatballs


  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb 80% lean ground beef.


  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Stir together Panko, eggs, water, cheese, garlic, parsley, seasoning, salt and pepper in a large bowl
  3. Add beef and mix by hand until just barely combined
  4. Scoop up meat mixture and gently roll into meatballs
  5. Bake on baking sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart, for 15 minutes or until internal temp is 165F

9 thoughts on “The meatball recipe

  1. 1. These look really good!

    2. ” . . . or until internal temp is 165F”?!?!? Somehow over the years I’ve misplaced ALL my multiple micro-mini meatball thermometers. Dang. Should just wing it, or would it be better to use the regular meat thermometer and cook them one at a time?

    3. These look really good!

    • 1. They ARE good!

      2. I’m SURE they’re around somewhere. Always in the last place you look, you know (dumbest phrase ever).

      3. You’re family; I trust you to wing it. However if you food poison yourself I’m going to say that I JUST REMEMBERED that Carrie gave me the recipe.

  2. Hi Erin! Rebecca (Misu) from TBW, when your big one and my little one were little! I made these last week — they were FABULOUS! First time I’ve ever made meatballs, because usually I don’t even like meatballs. These were so good I’m making them again this week. BTW — I still make your tortilla soup ALL.THE.TIME (and your chicken and dumplings occasionally too). 🙂

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