Italian Style Meatballs

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"I have been known to make a double batch of meatballs, as the (uncooked) meatballs freeze really well."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (565.1 g)
  • Calories 1077.4
  • Total Fat - 32.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 116.1 mg
  • Sodium - 1691.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 135.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.6 g
  • Sugars - 11.1 g
  • Protein - 65.5 g
  • Calcium - 426.7 mg
  • Iron - 11.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 1 mg

Step 1

Place the beef mince, garlic, Parmesan, basil and a little salt and pepper in a large bowl.

Step 2

Tear the bread into small pieces & place in a bowl, pour over the milk and olive oil. Set aside until bread absorbs most of the liquid. Mix with a fork & add to the beef mince. Using your hand bring the mixture together and knead until combined.

Step 3

Shape small spoonful's of mixture into small meatballs. Place the tomato pasta sauce, stock, & chopped basil leaves in a wide heavy based pan, bring to the boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer.

Step 4

Have the tomato sauce at simmering point, not any higher or meatballs may break apart. Carefully spoon the meatballs into the sauce and cook uncovered for about 10–12 minutes or until meatballs are cooked (depending on the size of the pan the meatballs may need to be gently turned while cooking). While meatballs are cooking, cook the pasta, according to packet directions.

Step 5

Serve pasta with a spoonful of the tomato sauce and spoon over a few meatballs and flakes of Parmesan and basil leaves.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Think I had a Tisme moments doing an ImPat recipe but it came out great in the end. The oil didn't go in, the basil went in with the meat (just chopped up more and put in with the sauce and forgot to use what I had for garnish), I used cheddar cheese in the meatball mix as the DH hates parmesan as much as I love it and if I included parmesan he wouldn't eat the dish, I used a basil and garlic pasta sauce and 500 grams of lean heart smart mince and got 22 30 gram balls from the mix and they cooked up perfectly in 20 minutes, great mid week recipe especially if you already have your meatballs prepared in the fridge you could have this on the table in less than 30 minutes. Thank you Tisme made for Pick Me tag game.

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(26 Nov 2015)