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Homemade Italian Meatball Recipe

This homemade Italian Meatball Recipe is easy to throw together, amazing in a variety of dishes, freezer friendly and it uses a surprise but amazing ingredient!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy meatball recipe, homemade meatball recipe, italian meatball recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 meatballs
Calories 66 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 1/4 cup cream see note
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese see note
  • 1 pound ground American lamb see note
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon dried onions onion powder can be substituted
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons if using dried
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 2 teaspoons if using dried
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the breadcrumbs, ricotta, and cream. Mix until evenly combined. Set aside. 

  2. While the above mixture rests, combine the ground American lamb the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until just combined.

  3. Add the breadcrumb mixture to the American lamb mixture and mix well until everything is combined.

  4. The texture should be slightly sticky and slimy, not too dry and not too wet. Reference video for example. 

  5. Shape the meatballs so they are roughly the same size, for 25-30 meatballs, use about 1 tablespoon of meat. 

  6. Line meatballs on a broiler pan or a cookie sheet sprayed with baking spray or lined with parchment.

  7. Broil the meatballs on high for about 10 minutes or until they are nicely browned on top. 

  8. The meatballs won't be cooked completely, so finish cooking them in whatever recipe you're using them for or flash freeze and then store in the freezer for future use!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You can use 1/3 cup milk in place of the ricotta and cream. Even though the amount of milk is less than the cream and ricotta, the volume will equal out in the final recipe. 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Italian Meatball Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 46mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.