Spaghetti and meatballs is one of my favorite things to make because I find them fun and I love eating them. This is my go-to order when I try a new Italian restaurant because I believe great chefs know how to make this properly. Just like when I try a new pizza joint, I tend to order a pepperoni pizza pie because that’s the best way to judge a pizza. Everyone has a different style on how to make this and how to make the sauce. I learned how to make meatballs one summer when I was at the Jersey shore the Italian biker guy who lived next door came over and taught me. I think the secret ingredient is the parmesan cheese in the balls.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Goodfellas. In the movie, Paulie uses a razor to slice the garlic super thin. If you try that, please let me know how it works. My preference would be to use garlic-infused olive oil. I think the garlic chunks adds a lot of flavor. Be sure to try this with my simple 4 ingredient tomato sauce recipe.
Are Italian Style Meatballs Made With Pork and Beef?
No. I’m not a fan of pork, and I learned to make Italian meatballs from a full-blooded Italian with just beef.
Other ways to use this meatball recipe
Slice the meatballs and top pizza
Classic Meatball Sandwich
Italian Style Meatballs
Pasta covered with tomato sauce and meatballs served in Italian Restaurants all across the United states is actually an American cuisine. In Italy they serve Ragù.
- Prep Time: 15 Minutes
- Cook Time: 10 Minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 Servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Pan
- Cuisine: Italian
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Garlic Cloves diced
- 1 Egg
- 1 pound Lean Ground Beef
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 cup Italian Style Breadcrumbs
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Beat Egg
- Add Ground Beef, Breadcrumbs, and Parmesan
- Mix those four ingredients
- Heat Pan (medium heat)
- Add Garlic (don’t let it burn)
- Start adding Meatballs right away
- Sprinkle spices over Meatballs
- Brown on all sides should take about 10 minutes.
I like to put the meatballs in a dutch oven with heated tomato sauce and then start heating the boiling water for the spaghetti. This lets the sauce flavor the meatballs.