Family Favorite Basic Meatballs
50 mins (prep 25, cooking 25)
18 ingredients
30-33 servings
I found this recipe in a cooking magazine that I pick up occasionally. My family loves these with pasta, and they're great in meatball subs with fresh tomato sauce (recipe posted separately). No frying required, either.

Categories:  <-60-mins , european , italian , ground-beef , main-dish , comfort-food , beef , taste~mood , meat , low-carb , low-in... , time-to-make ,
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  • 1 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated (romano may be substituted. for best flavor, splurge on a chunk of cheese rather than use the caniste)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (the low sodium variety is recommended)
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley (fresh, not dried)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground pepper (i recommend fresh ground for better flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (i usually cut this in half since most of my family is very spice-sensitive)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (fresh grated is best)
  • 2 lbs ground chuck (80-85% is good. i don't recommend using very low fat beef for these, they won't have the right textu)
  • 1 cup beef broth


Serving Size (57.04 g)
Servings 30
Amount per Serving
Calories 156.14 Calories from Fat 57.96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.44g 297.19%
Saturated Fat 2.51g 376.26%
Trans Fat 0.37g %
Cholesterol 28.57mg 285.7%
Sodium 3183.63mg 3979.54%
Total Carbohydrate 10.11g 101.1%
Dietary Fiber 0.37 g 43.83%
Sugars 2.3 g %
Protein 13.66g 819.7%
Vitamin A 9.09IU% Vitamin C 0.15mg%
Calcium 78.33mg% Iron 1.79mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chopped parsley, dried oregano, ground pepper, dried basil, crushed red pepper flakes