Recipe By stefychefy
Published Jan 15th
Prep 20m Cook 40m Additional 5m Ready In 1h 5m
Servings 24 large meatballs Calories 403.2

This delicious meatball recipe comes from my Italian grandfather. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and a side of veggies for a carb-conscious meal!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound medium ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Drizzle a large baking sheet with about 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  2. 2 Heat remaining olive oil in a small saute pan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot oil until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and Italian seasoning; continue to saute until garlic is softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to handle.
  3. 3 Combine beef, pork, eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, milk, onion mixture, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix together using your hands as quickly as possible as overmixing can produce a tough meatball.
  4. 4 Form 1 1/2-inch meatballs and place on the prepared sheet.
  5. 5 Bake in the preheated oven until browned and no longer pink in the centers, about 30 minutes, turning them over after 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 403.2
  • Carbohydrate 14 g
  • Cholesterol 130 mg
  • Fat 25.5 g
  • Fiber 1.2 g
  • Protein 28.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 9.1 g
  • Sodium 634.7 mg
  • Sugar 3.1 g


  1. Pretty good I was a little weary about the pork not being cooked enough but they are good. I didn’t add quite as much garlic and used a yellow onion instead.
  2. One word - Delicious!
  3. They were OK.
  4. They did turn out delicious! I used spicy Italian sausage instead of pork and Italian Panko because that's what was on hand. Would totally do these again! Thank you for sharing
  5. Very good!
  6. An excellent soft meatball. I made one adjustment, used Italian flavored breadcrumbs and shortened the Italian seasoning to 1 tsp.