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. This recipe is so good, my four year old and one year old gobbled them up. And the four year old loved helping me make them. Thank you!

  3. 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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