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Mama’s Italian Meatballs

One of my all-time favorite dishes to prepare has always been spaghetti and meatballs. In my opinion, this meal is fabulous any time of the year and comes together quite easily! Add a tossed salad and a crusty loaf of bread and you’re set!

Barely tall enough to see the top of the stove, I often remember watching my Mom make homemade meatballs in our apricot-colored kitchen. My Mom is a wonderful cook, and one of the things I admire so much about my Mom’s cooking is her ability to put together a recipe without using a cookbook. Although she certainly has her favorite recipes and cookbooks, she has the natural talent to know what flavors work well together and what amount to use of each ingredient. The only problem with this is that even while watching her cook, I’m not always able to replicate the flavors she produces. It might be close, but each of her mouth-watering meals can be a one-of-a-kind original!

I’ve named this recipe in honor of my sweet Mama and have tried to capture the essence of her amazing meatballs. I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Mama’s Italian Meatballs

*I prefer to use organic ingredients whenever possible

1 lb. ground beef

1 large egg

2 slices of crusty bread, toasted and well-blended in a food processor

3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped 

1-2 Tablespoons dry Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/3 cup milk


-Preheat oven to 425 ° Fahrenheit

-In a large mixing bowl, gently combine all ingredients and gently mix by hand until well-incorporated.

-Form into balls about the size of a rounded tablespoon — I like to use a cookie scoop for even cooking.



-Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning the meatballs halfway through cooking. Meatballs are done when cooked through and no pink   is showing.

-Enjoy in your favorite Italian pasta dish, for meatball sandwiches or with a delicious Italian Tomato Sauce.

-Makes approximately 24 meatballs.


Bon Appetito!


  1. A sweet story and a yummy recipe, Anna! We love spaghetti and we love meatballs, but we’ve never made them in the same dish, haha! I will definitely be making them.

    1. Anna

      Thanks so much, Jasmine! I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

  2. I enjoyed reading your post! I know what you mean, mom’s probably never measure out anything, just add their magical touch and the meal is special 🙂 This look’s great 🙂

    1. Anna

      Thank you so much, Freda! 🙂 It’s wonderful to be back blogging — is it really only two weeks until Thanksgiving? Lol. Yes, I completely agree — moms do have a special touch in the kitchen and make everything special. 😉

      1. Well yeah! Time does fly soon for some reason these years 😀

        1. Anna

          Most definitely!

  3. Oh wow! A favorite dish, for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Anna

      Thanks so much, Christina! 🙂

  4. Lovely pasta recipe Anna! I’m so upset at my WordPress Reader as I didn’t see this latest post of yours. I love spaghetti and meatballs – wonderful comfort food. Thanks for sharing xx

    1. Anna

      Thank you so much, dear Roberta! 🙂 I’ve really missed being on the blog … especially visiting everyone’s lovely blogs! In two months, the girls and I have had two colds and laryngitis … seems like we’ve been doing a lot of resting and recuperating, but I am really looking forward to getting caught up and back to writing again! Exciting news … we adopted another kitty last week, and his name is Checkers. 😉 I’ll write more soon! Hope you are well! xo

      1. I’m so glad to see you’re doing better Anna. I wondered where you’ve been and missed you and your lovely recipes and updates. But the most important thing is all your family’s health so don’t worry about the blog. You will get back into it when you feel ready. Plus this time of year is busy for all of us, so take all the time you need. There’s loads of flu and things going round here too. Everyone I know is either home with influenza or fighting exhaustion. Take care and much love to you. I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one x

        1. Anna

          Aww, thank you so much, Roberta! You are so kind! I’ve missed you and everyone so much! xo

          1. We are a virtual family/community Anna, all of us. We have never met in person (and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all did) but blogging has brought us together. How amazing is that. And so the absence is felt greatly. Big hugs to you, Jonathan and the girls xx

          2. Anna

            Roberta, your sweet comment absolutely made my day!! I would love to meet you all in person someday — that would truly be lovely!! Big hugs to you as well, dear friend!! xo

  5. This looks amazing. 😊

    1. Anna

      Thanks so much, Trav! It’s a family favorite! 😀

  6. This post made my mouth water and looks delicious!

    1. Anna

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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