Friday, July 10, 2009


The meatballs were the hit of the spaghetti dinner – there were many compliments. As you know, I’m not much of a meat eater, but I too went back for seconds. Unfortunately, I can’t take a whole lot of credit. I just went online, came across a recipe for spaghetti and meatballs that sounded good, and went for it. For the original, complete recipe go to Simply Recipes. The sauce was good, but I didn’t love it, so only the meatballs recipe is here.


1 Lb ground beef
1/2 Lb Italian style ground pork sausage
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped crimini mushrooms
2 eggs
3/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese blend
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
Red wine (optional)

1. Mix by hand in a large bowl: beef, sausage, basil, parsley, mushrooms, eggs, bread crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper until well mixed. Use a melon baller or spoon to form 1-inch round meatballs. Use your hands to roll and compress into tight balls.

2. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add olive oil. Sear and brown meatballs on all sides, about 2-3 minutes. Cook in a single layer. (You'll probably need to do this in two or more batches.) Do not over-cook. The meatballs will have a chance to cook through as they’re simmering in the sauce (next step). As the meatballs are finishing, you can add a little red wine to de-glaze the pan and add that to your tomato sauce.

3. Add meatballs to simmering tomato/spaghetti sauce and gently stir. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.


  1. Jen from Portland, OregonJuly 10, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    I saw something on Simply Recipes about browning the meatballs in the oven: To speed things up ... put meatballs on a broiler pan and bake in a hot oven (450°) until browned.

    Great idea! I'll have to try it sometime.

  2. Love a good meatball & those sound delish. When I am in charge of meatballs I head to Costco & buy the bag when Larry is in charge he makes them from scratch ;-)! I may surprise him someday & use your recipe.