How to Make Parmesan Meatballs

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Parmesan in meatballs? One word: brilliant.

You know when you’ve been eating this particular food for quite some time now since you were a kid, you believed that nothing else would make it better? That’s how I felt with this recipe. Spaghetti in marinara sauce is one of the most common dishes served to kids. Parents would either make it with ground beef, nothing special, or with meatballs going as big as monster’s eyeballs like those in the story books. So when I came upon this recipe and tried it, it just blew my mind away.

I know what you’re thinking: how big of a difference did it really make? Isn’t it the same as just putting parmesan on top of the spaghetti when it’s done? To be honest, that’s what I exactly thought at first. I didn’t think too much of it when I saw that parmesan would be mixed in with the ground meat. But once it was cooked and ready, I then realized how this recipe of Kittencal became famous, and even more so every week. 

 

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In the same way, a friend of mine told me how parmesan is a real game changer when it comes to food, particularly in adding flavor. I was also a bit skeptical about it at first but after adding a ½ cup in this mixture, I finally understood what he meant. It’s kind of the same way how other people talk about butter: how the secret ingredient is usually not a secret at all, it is butter. But maybe more on that next time. For now, the magic is in the parmesan.

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It’s a simple recipe—one of those that I enjoyed making as I mix all the ingredients together with my bare hands. Instead of cooling it first, I rolled it up into balls and lined them up on a plate before putting inside of my refrigerator. I figured it would be easier that way than letting it chill first before rolling them into balls. Then again, I think they’re just the same either way. You can shape the balls as small and many as you want, or maybe you’re feeling a little bit daring and just make one or two ginormous meatballs. Has anyone tried making meat squares, yet?

This tasted really great with spaghetti and marinara sauce. My family absolutely enjoyed it! It’s a good choice for pasta night topped with a little bit more parmesan and maybe a few ground herbs. Having some greens for a salad and maybe a glass of red wine would definitely put a cherry on top of this fantastic cake. Okay, it’s not a cake, but you know what I’m trying to say. Well, yeah, a slice of cake after this meal would just really be a recipe for a fantastic evening.

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Some would even prefer having these over spaghetti squash or maybe just eat them as it is with a favorite mix of marinara sauce. Maybe I’ll try both next time. I’m sure it would taste terrific. Thank you, Kittencal, for sharing this with us!

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Kittencal's Famous Parmesan Meatballs

Recipe type: Comfort Food, Dinner, Main Dish

Cuisine: North American

Author: Kittencal

Prep time: 20 Minutes

Cook time: 25 Minutes

Total time: 45 Minutes

Servings: 16


Ingredients

1 pound ground lean beef
1/2 pound ground pork
2 large eggs (slightly beaten, or 3 egg whites)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup breadcrumbs, dry (if you don't have any dry breadcrumbs, soak 3 slices sandwich bread in the milk until soft)
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped (garlic lovers can use more)
1/3 cup milk (1% or 2%, do not use fat-free milk)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or dry Italian seasoning, optional but good to add in for flavor
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (can use more or less)


Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix all ingredients adding in a little more bread crumbs if needed to hold together; cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or 24 hours.
  2. Shape into about 1 1/2 to 2-inch balls or whatever size you like.
  3. Add to simmering sauce or bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes (cooking time will vary depending on the size of the meatballs -- if you are dropping into simmering sauce do not stir for at least 20 minutes or you may run the risk of the meatballs falling apart.
  4. Note; for spicy meatballs add in some crushed chili flakes.

  • Serving Size: 65.1 g
  • Calories: 161.5
  • Total Fat: 10.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 72.9 mg
  • Sodium: 256.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 2.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Sugars: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 14.3 g
  • Calcium: 58.2 mg
  • Iron: 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C: 0.7 mg
  • Thiamin: 0.2 mg

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Daisy123

We tried this Parmesan Meatballs recipe tonight and, wow! Really good. We put chili flakes as suggested for extra heat in 1/2 and this did not disappoint. Our go-to recipe for meatballs for now on!

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Recipezazz

Thanks Daisy123. Yes, the chili flakes are a nice added touch for a bit of spice in the meatballs!

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Recipezazz

Thanks Daisy123. Yes, the chili flakes are a nice added touch for a bit of spice in the meatballs!

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