Kittencal's Famous Parmesan Meatballs

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"Plan ahead the beef mixture needs to be chilled for at least 8-24 hours before shaping and cooking, or you may shape into meatballs and then refrigerate which ever works the best for you, I would suggest to double up leaving the garlic amount the same (6 medium cloves) cause these are really good, 1 1/2 pounds should give you about 15-17 meatballs depending on the size you shape them"

Original is 16 servings
151.4 Calories. More Nutrition

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Step by Step Method

Step 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.

Step 2

Shape into about 1 1/2 to 2-inch balls or whatever size you like.

Step 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.

Step 4

Note; for spicy meatballs add in some crushed chili flakes.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 (61.1 g), Calories 151.4, Total Fat - 9.6 g, Saturated Fat - 3.5 g, Cholesterol - 68.3 mg, Sodium - 240.4 mg, Total Carbohydrate - 2.2 g, Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g, Sugars - 0.5 g, Protein - 13.4 g, Calcium - 54.6 mg, Iron - 1.3 mg, Vitamin C - 0.7 mg, Thiamin - 0.1 mg.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting ground beef, try to get a leaner option to reduce fat content.
  • If you don't have dry breadcrumbs, you can use 3 slices of sandwich bread soaked in milk to make your own.

  • Replace the ground pork with ground turkey for a leaner option - the benefit of this substitution is that it will reduce the fat content of the recipe, making it healthier.
  • Replace the breadcrumbs with oats for a gluten-free option - the benefit of this substitution is that it will make the recipe gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or allergies.

Italian Sausage Meatballs Substitute 1 pound of ground Italian sausage for the ground beef and pork. Omit the oregano, parsley, and seasoned salt. Add 1/2 teaspoon of fennel seed, 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic - Roasted broccoli is a delicious and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with Kittencal's Famous Parmesan Meatballs. The lemon and garlic add a wonderful flavor that complements the rich flavors of the meatballs. Plus, roasting the broccoli helps to bring out its natural sweetness.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potatoes: Baked Garlic Parmesan Potatoes are a great side dish to serve with Kittencal's Famous Parmesan Meatballs. The potatoes are lightly seasoned with garlic and Parmesan cheese, and then baked until golden and crispy. The potatoes provide a delicious contrast to the rich and flavorful meatballs, and their buttery texture pairs perfectly with the roasted broccoli.


Q: How long should I refrigerate the mixture before shaping into meatballs?

A: You should refrigerate the mixture for at least 6 hours or 24 hours before shaping it into meatballs.

Q: What ingredients do I need to make the meatballs?

A: You will need ground beef, onions, garlic, eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, parsley, salt, and pepper to make the meatballs.

41 Reviews


I made these meatballs as written, although using all ground lean beef only, these were served with spaghetti and I used my own tomato and herb pasta sauce. Let me tall ya that this made for a wonderful pasta dish for the family for dinner. What can I say is "these meatballs are just melt in the mouth perfect." And let me also state ~ That forty reviewers, all giving 5 stars has got to tell you something ~ The proof is in the reviews and you can't go wrong giving these meatballs a go!


review by:
(8 Mar 2024)


Holy smokes, these were the MOST TENDER meatballs I've ever made! I followed as directed except I used all ground beef (no ground pork). I used the bread soaked in milk option instead of breadcrumbs. And I baked first, then dropped into tomato sauce to simmer all day. No leftovers, happy kiddos, and full bellies. I literally couldn't have asked for more.


review by:
(30 Jan 2023)


We’ve been craving meatballs and I’m so glad to have picked these to make for my family. Fully enjoyable and the perfect balance of flavor. I did however add some dried and fresh basil, due to having some on hand. Made a fresh batch of homemade sauce to simmer these into, providing that perfect Italian meal. I did brown them them in olive oil before adding them to the sauce. I’m just sorry I couldn’t take a better picture, seeing I snagged a chance to take a pic while there was still a last few meatballs left. Thank you, Kittencal, for sharing! Made it for PickMe tag game.


review by:
(18 Oct 2020)


I used 2 1/2 lbs of ground beef and adjusted the ingredients accordingly. The sauce was so full of flavor and tender as could be. Great with thin spaghetti, Italian bread, and salad.


review by:
(6 Jul 2020)


I made these to have with your sauce for Easter Sunday. These meatballs are so delicious, and I suspect that by Sunday they will have melded with the flavors of the sauce to make them even better. I look forward to this meal!


review by:
(11 Apr 2020)


Made these meatballs on the recommendation of Giada DiLaurentis to add to her marinara sauce. Delicious. So..... I made a batch of sauce and meatballs and vacuumed sealed in dinner-size portions for my son and his wife who are expecting their first baby next week. Thought they could use for quick meals during the first stressful weeks of parenthood!!


review by:
(2 Feb 2019)

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Fun facts:

The Italian-American actor, Danny DeVito, is a big fan of Kittencal's Famous Parmesan Meatballs. He claims that it's his favorite dish to make for his family.

The recipe for Kittencal's Famous Parmesan Meatballs has been around since the 1950s. It was a popular dish served in Italian-American restaurants in the United States during that time.