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The Best Homemade Meatballs Recipe Ever

When you have an incredible Homemade Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe then its only natural that you also have The Best Homemade Meatballs Recipe Ever! Well…if you didn’t, now you DO!

Why Homemade Meatballs?

We don’t talk about meatballs enough. In fact, I would go as far as saying they’re one of the most underrated foods there is. Until I came up with this recipe I never really wondered why. However, I have had some really great meatballs in the past. While working on this recipe I kept thinking about my favorite places to get great meatballs. If you’re ever in the area try out the meatballs and sauce at Big Fred’s Pizza in Omaha, Nebraska and Joe’s Pizza in Little Elm, Texas. You certainly won’t be disappointed but either-way, making them at home is really the best way get the best results.

Compared to the alternative of frozen meatballs, which do have their place, these are SO much better, and really very easy to make.

Above and beyond the great taste and ease of preparation comes the cost effectiveness. This is a great way to stretch your dollars on meat and make it go much further. Topping a beautiful plate of spaghetti with three to four of these meatballs is plenty for a full grown (some may say overgrown) man. So when considering this recipe makes 30 meatballs, invite the whole family over for a hot Sunday dinner without breaking the bank.

Let’s get to Cookin’

First things first, preheat the oven to 400°f, line a baking sheet with foil, and spray the foil lined sheet with cooking spray. This will make for easier clean up later and ensures that your meatballs don’t stick to the foil during baking.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine Italian Seasoning, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic Powder, Parsley, Salt, Pepper, Cheese, Bread Crumbs, Egg, Milk, Beef Broth, and Worcestershire Sauce. Be sure to stir everything well to ensure it’s fully combined. As a side note, for the bread crumbs I use fresh backed rosemary bread. I simply slice a few pieces off and stick them in the blender. This provides extra moisture and flavor to the meatballs.

Now, add the Italian Sausage to the mix.

Using your hands, loosely combine the meat with the mixture. Be very careful to not over mix. The biggest issue with over-mixing is that it causes the meat to get too warm in your hands, which will begin to breakdown the fats in the meatballs. While some may not want to hear this, you cannot have the Best Homemade Meatballs Recipe Ever without the fat from the sausage.

Lastly, portion out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto your foil lined sheet pan. You should get about 30 meatballs out of this batch. Once they are all portioned out quickly form them into balls, again being sure not to hold them in your hands for too long. Now, bake the meatballs for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.

Remove, serve as desired, and ENJOY!

The Best Homemade Meatballs Recipe Ever

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Chicken Fried Kitchen Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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These homemade meatballs are made out of homemade ground Italian sausage and are absolutely the best meatballs ever!


  • 2 lbs 2 Spicy Italian Sausage

  • 1 tsp 1 Italian Seasoning

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 Crushed red pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 Garlic powder

  • 1/4 Cup 1/4 Dried Parsley

  • 1/2 Tbsp 1/2 Kosher Salt

  • 1/2 Tsp 1/2 Ground Black Pepper

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Gruyere Cheese

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Fresh Rosemary Bread Crumbs

  • 1 1 Egg beaten

  • 1/3 Cup 1/3 Milk

  • 1/3 Cup 1/3 Beef Broth

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Worcestershire Sauce


  • Preheat Oven to 400°f.
  • Line a baking sheet in foil and spray with cooking spray. (Makes for easier clean up)
  • Place all ingredients except for the Italian Sausage in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add Italian Sausage to the bowl and mix all ingredients together using a fork or spoon.
  • Portion about 2 tbsp worth of the meatball mixture onto the foil lined tray.
  • Form the balls being sure not to over work the meat.
  • Bake at 400°f for 30 minutes.
  • Serve and Enjoy!

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In Conclusion

There are two kinds of people who should try this recipe out. If you consider yourself to be a bit of a Meatball connoisseur, then you’ll definitely want to try these out!

If you are a big fan of frozen meatballs from the grocery store, give these a shot. I promise, if your making spaghetti or even just an appetizer, these will be one of your go-to recipes.

As usual, I truly appreciate you reading my recipes and look forward to your comments and any changes you made.

Thank you


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