Monday, May 04, 2015

Family Meatball Recipe That Kids Will Love Too

A week ago, I shared a picture of homemade Italian meatballs on Instagram that I had made for my kids. I see pictures of peoples food all the time on Instagram, so I thought I'd share one of my family favorites - Italian homemade meatballs that my mom taught me to make. 

After I shared it, someone asked for my recipe!  I was really surprised. I've always loved cooking, especially if someone enjoys eating what I've made. But I never thought of sharing my families recipes until now. 

So, here goes!

My Family Meatball Recipe:
Ingredients for meatballs:
  • 2 lbs of 93% lean ground beef. I've used 80% lean beef in the past, but have found that I'm constantly scooping out the fat oils that accumulate at the top of my homemade sauce, so now I usually buy 93% lean beef.
  • 1 2/3 cup of Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs. 
  • 2 eggs (1 egg per 1 lb of beef)
  • 1/4 cup of milk (1/8 cup per pound of beef)
Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs

Ingredients for my delicious easy homemade Italian sauce:
Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

  • 3 jars of Traditional Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce. I usually buy what is on sale. 
  • 4 cans of Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Oregano and Garlic. Hunts or Del Monte are my preferred brands.
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Del Monte Diced Tomatoes

Steps for preparing meatballs:
  • In a large bowl, mix the 2 lbs of beef, eggs, milk and bread crumbs using your hands. 
  • Make sure everything is mixed in well.
Steps for preparing the sauce:
  • In a large pot, pour in the 3 jars of Traditional Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce and 4 cans of Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Oregano and Garlic. 
  • Turn stove burner on high, stirring every so often. 
Final steps in making my families favorite Italian meatballs and pasta sauce:
  • Using your hands, begin making 1 1/2 - 2 " sized meatballs, rolling them in your hands into a ball shape. My kids like them bigger than smaller. I usually bring the bowl over to the pot on the stove, making the meatballs and then putting each into the pot.
  • As sauce is slowly coming to a boil, begin adding meatballs. Make sure your hands do not touch the sauce. 
  • Cook the meatballs in the sauce on high for 30 minutes, stirring carefully so meatballs don't break up. Sauce should be boiling.
  • After 30 minutes, lower sauce to a simmer and cook for another 2 - 3 hours, again stirring every so often so the sauce doesn't burn at the bottom of the pot.
I'm sure you could easily make this homemade meatball recipe in a Crock Pot. I've never tried, but I have cooked them by mistake for 3 - 4 hours on simmer and they still taste amazing.


  1. My girls LOVE meatballs so I'll definitely have to try out your recipe!

    1. I've been making them with Rigatoni with a little sprinkle of parmesan.

  2. My hubby loves meatballs and I do enjoy making them when I have the time..
    Thanks so much for stopping by!


  3. Forget the kids, these look yummy to me! I think I see a plate of meatballs in my future.

  4. Your meatball recipe sounds delicious. I'll have to try it out.

  5. What a healthy and delicious recipe! Thank you for sharing your Family Meatball Recipe That Kids Will Love Too with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I am pinning and sharing!