My friend Randi makes the best Italian meatballs. I would get so excited every time she made her famous spaghetti and meatballs when we would come over for dinner. We ended up moving away from Randi five years ago. Sad day.
Luckily we only live about 2 1/2 hours away so we try to get back see her once or twice a year. After I had Charlotte she did the sweetest thing.
She came to visit me and see the new baby and guess what???? She brought me a huge pot of her Spaghetti and Meatballs. It was so awesome and it’s right up there near the top of the “nicest thing anyone has ever done for me,” list.
A couple years ago when we went up for a visit, she showed me how she makes them. Now I can make them whenever I want. I’m so happy.
Some people like getting flowers, some people like getting jewelry….me, I like getting recipes.
Everyone in our family LOVE, LOVE, LOVES these meatballs. The best thing about this recipe is it doesn’t have to be exact, it’s not going to ruin it if you add a little too much Parmesan cheese or not quit enough bread crumbs. You really can’t mess this up.
So go on, throw caution to the wind and make some meatballs.
It’s nice to make the meatballs in a fairly deep frying pan if you have one, because the grease does start to spatter. I have one similar to this frying pan, and it works well.
- 2-3 lbs of ground beef
- 1 egg per pound of meat
- 2-3 tbsp Parmesan cheese per pound of meat
- ¼-1/3 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs per pound of meat
- pinch of salt
- pepper if desired
- Parsley flakes if desired
- Mix all ingredients together by hand
- Form beef mixture into two inch balls. Place on plastic wrap or wax paper.
- Brown meatballs in a frying pan, no need to cook all the way through.
- Place browned meat balls into spaghetti sauce and simmer for at least 45 minutes. (make sure to scrape all the little brown bits from the frying pan into the sauce.)
- If you do not want to cook them in spaghetti sauce and/or want to freeze them to use later...place the browned meatballs on a cookie sheet and bake them for 25-30 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees. Let them cool and place them in freezer safe bags. They can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.