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Juicy Meatball Recipe (VIDEO)

Our go-to Meatball Recipe! Find out the secret to flavorful and juicy homemade meatballs. These are make-ahead, freezer-friendly, and perfect for meal prep.

Juicy Meatballs in a skillet in marinara sauce

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Meatball Recipe Video Tutorial:

This recipe is so versatile. The meatballs can be baked or sauteed and they can be served as appetizers or the main course. Try them simmered in a marinara sauce for the best Spaghetti and Meatballs or put them in hoagie rolls for incredible meatball subs. Make some tonight!

The Secret to Juicy Meatballs!

Every element in this recipe builds a flavorful and moist meatball but what makes them truly juicy is adding the bread crumbs. They are tender all the way through. The moist bread crumbs also help these reheat really well. Make these and you will be known for your meatballs.

We use a combination of meats here, mixing ground pork and ground beef with an egg. This combination produces the best taste and a fork-tender meatball. The flavorings are simple and make these an Italian-style meatball with the addition of parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley.

Ingredients for Italian Meatballs with ground beef, pork, bread, egg, parmesan, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper

Pro Tips for the Best Meatballs:

Here is our best advice for ensuring the juiciest plump meatballs. Avoid these common pitfalls which can cause meatballs to be tough and dry.

  • Do not overmix the meat or it will result in tough meatballs.
  • Don’t skip the bread crumbs and water mixture, which adds moisture to make the meatballs juicy.
  • Make even-sized meatballs for even cooking (a trigger release ice cream scoop makes it easy).
  • Wet your hands – To form perfect meatballs, dip your hands in a bowl of cold water and use wet hands to roll the meatballs.
  • Avoid overcooking – Sautee or bake just until they reach 160˚F on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Don’t crowd the skillet with meatballs or on the baking sheet which can cause them to steam cook and prevent a good sear from forming.

Upclose juicy meatball seared on the outside

How to Make Meatballs:

  1. Moisten Bread: Remove crusts and dice 3 slices of bread. Place in a large bowl and mix with 2/3 cup water. After 5 minutes, mash with a fork.
  2. Add Remaining Ingredients: Into the same bowl, add ground beef, ground pork, parmesan cheese, 1 egg, minced garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir the mixture together with your hands. Do not overmix.
  3. Form Meatballs: Portion onto a parchment-lined baking sheet (2 Tbsp per meatball). With wet hands, roll meatballs into 1 1/2″ diameter balls.

How to make juicy meatballs by combining meat mixture with hands then forming round balls with wet hands

How to Cook Meatballs:

Sauteed Meatballs (Favorite Method): Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot, add meatballs to the skillet, placing them in one at a time. Cook in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding, adding more oil as needed. Sautee 6-8 minutes total, turning every 2 min or until all sides are browned and the internal temperature reaches 160˚F. Promptly remove from the pan (to avoid overcooking) and transfer to a serving platter.

Baked Meatballs: Place on a lined baking sheet, about 2″ apart and bake in a preheated oven at 400˚F for 20-23 minutes, or until the centers register 160˚F. If you want a prettier color to your meatballs, broil for the last 2-3 minutes.

Sautéed meatballs and baked meatballs

How to Freeze Meatballs:

Meatballs are great for make-ahead dinners and meal planning because they can easily be frozen raw or cooked. Place in a single layer, cover loosely with plastic wrap and freeze for a few hours or until solid then transfer to a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and freeze up to 3 months.

Thaw frozen meatballs overnight in the refrigerator before cooking. Cooked meatballs can be thawed or reheated straight from the freezer. You can even warm them in marinara sauce (see more below).

Frozen and reheated meatballs in marinara sauce

How to Serve Meatballs:

  • Meatballs in Marinara Sauce – heat 2 cups marinara sauce in a skillet. Add freshly cooked or frozen meatballs and simmer until heated through. Serve as Spaghetti and Meatballs.
  • Meatball Subs – Place 3-4 warm meatballs in marinara sauce in a hoagie roll, top with mozzarella cheese and broil 1-2 minutes just to melt the cheese.
  • Meatball Soup – Put uncooked meatballs into any soup that calls for meatballs or in this Sausage Kale Soup.
  • BBQ Meatballs – Roll cooked meatballs in warm barbeque sauce and serve on a platter with toothpicks as an appetizer.
  • In Gravy – put meatballs into your favorite Gravy and serve over creamy Mashed Potatoes.

Meatballs in marinara sauce with mozzarella cheese perfect for spaghetti or meatball subs

Our Best Meatball Recipes:

We love a good meatball recipe, actually, we love several! These are our top-rated recipes that are easy to make and easy to serve. You’re sure to find a new favorite.

Juicy Meatball Recipe

4.97 from 141 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Juicy Meatballs in marinara sauce on a spoon

These Flavorful and juicy homemade meatballs are make-ahead and freezer friendly so they're perfect for meal prep. The meatballs can be baked or sauteed and served as appetizers or the main course.

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $15-$18
Keyword: meatball recipe
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
Calories: 305
Servings: 8 people (makes 24 meatballs)

Ingredients

Ingredients for Juicy Meatballs:

  • 3 slices white bread, crusts removed, diced
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, 85/15 fat content
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, to sautee

Instructions

How to Make Meatballs:

  1. Combine diced bread in a large bowl with 2/3 cup water. Set aside 5 minutes then mash with a fork. Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.
  2. Into the bowl of mashed bread crumbs, add ground beef, ground pork, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 egg, 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 Tbsp parsley, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Use your hands to stir the mixture together just until well combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Portion onto a lined baking sheet (about 2 Tbsp per meatball - an ice cream scoop makes it easy). With wet hands, roll meatballs into 1 1/2" diameter balls.

How to Cook Meatballs:

  1. To Sautee: Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot, add meatballs to the skillet, placing them in one at a time and cook in batches to get a good sear. Sautee turning every 2 minutes (total 6-8 minutes), or until evenly browned and the internal temperature reaches 160˚F on an instant-read thermometer. Serve as is or in any recipe that calls for meatballs.

  2. To Bake Meatballs: Place on a lined baking sheet 2" apart and bake in a fully preheated oven at 400˚F for 20-23 minutes, or until fully cooked and the centers reach 160˚F. If you want a prettier color to your meatballs, broil for the last 2-3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Juicy Meatball Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 466mg20%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Carol Carter
    September 26, 2022

    These were the best! I love meatballs and have been frustrated when mine have come out too dry. These are excellent — thank you for the recipe.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 26, 2022

      Hi Carol! I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you for the wonderful review. Glad you found an excellent recipe to return to.

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  • Tanuja
    September 12, 2022

    Hello , I am going to make the meatballs as per ur recipe but I don’t want to use pork so can i use 2 lb ground beef? Pls let me know.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 12, 2022

      Hi Tanuja, that substitution would work! I hope you love this recipe.

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  • Maggie
    September 5, 2022

    I made this recipe to the letter and was overwhelmed by the garlic. My garlic suggestion would be a 1 minute simmer in butter. If the breadcrumbs were shredded in a blender they would distribute more evenly.

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  • J
    August 14, 2022

    Made this tonight and was delicious! Used another suggestion and soaked the bread in milk rather than water.
    Made extra meatballs which will be used for leftovers!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 14, 2022

      Nice one, thanks for the good comments and feedback!

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  • Nita
    August 14, 2022

    This is the first time I’ve been able to make good meatballs! Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 14, 2022

      Hi Nita, nice to know that you loved it!

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  • Keri
    July 12, 2022

    This recipe does it every time! Thank you for sharing the yumminess.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 12, 2022

      You’re very welcome, Keri! 🙂

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  • Cgirl
    July 11, 2022

    These were easy, and tender. There were a few issues with some of the meatballs being too soft and falling apart during cooking.

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  • Ardith Szafasz
    July 1, 2022

    OH MY GOODNESS. BEST AND EASIEST MEATBALL. BETTER
    THAN OLIVE GARDEN. THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL RECIPE. Will be adding this my FAVORITES.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 1, 2022

      Thank you for the awesome feedback!

      Reply

  • reema
    June 16, 2022

    Prepared the recipe as it is and holy cow these were the best meatballs we have ever had in our lives. I made it with Natasha’s simple red sauce in another recipe. The next day we made meatball subs with provolone and bread. Healthy, delicious meatballs that the whole family is still RAVING about.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 16, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Reema!

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    • Hanna
      July 25, 2022

      Hi Natasha,

      I love making these meatballs. I tend to make a batch and freeze them. I wanted to ask can you make these an air fryer? If yes can you please let me know what temperature and for how long?
      Thank you
      Hanna

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        July 25, 2022

        Hi Hanna, I honestly haven’t tested that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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        • Hanna
          August 14, 2022

          Hi Natasha,

          So I eventually got around to making the meatballs in the Air Fryer. They were so juicy and tender. They were cooked for 12 minutes on 180 degrees.
          Thank you Hanna

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          • Natasha's Kitchen
            August 14, 2022

            Awesome, thank you so much for sharing that with us!

  • Marg
    June 14, 2022

    Made these. Followed a reader’s advise & soaked bread in milk. Added in onion flake’s & dried oregano, sautéed & followed recipe otherwise. So juicy & yummy. It will be added in to my rotational of freezer meals for sure!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 14, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Huong
    June 13, 2022

    I tried this recipe last night with a slight modification. I soaked the bread in whole milk instead of water. My husband raved about how it was better than the Italian restaurant we had. His new favorite recipe. Planning to use this for my nieces birthday dinner. Thanks for the great recipe! And I used the marinara recipe with this…perfection!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 13, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me! I’m so glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Anne
    June 11, 2022

    Can you cook the raw meatballs in tomato sauce as well, or half cook in oven and finish them off in the tomato sauce?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 13, 2022

      Hi Anne, that may work, although without trying that myself it’s hard to say. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Gayle
    May 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha can you put onion in it as well or is it best to leave out

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 19, 2022

      Hi Gayle, you can definitely add onions if you like to add onions. I think that is a great and tasty idea. We use them in other meatball recipes. Also, onion powder would work which we use in our meatloaf recipe.

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  • Saul
    May 2, 2022

    I’ve been waiting to try this Meatballs for soooooo long and they are delicious!!!
    Thank you so much!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 2, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed them, Saul!

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  • Laura
    April 1, 2022

    Best meatballs ever. They are tender, moist and freeze very well.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 1, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Laura! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • claire boyce
    March 23, 2022

    We had meatballs at a local Italian restaurant last night and today I decided to try to replicate them. The owner told me it was his “Nana’s” secret recipe. Natasha’s recipe has the secret! Cubed sandwich bread in water for breadcrumbs and don’t overwork the meat mixture!!!! Finally! Great meatballs!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2022

      Awesome, so happy to know that you loved this recipe!

      Reply

  • Beck and Bulow
    February 7, 2022

    I just made these meatballs tonight and they were delicious. This will now be my go to recipe

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2022

      Great to hear that you loved this meatball recipe! I’m glad you found a new favorite.

      Reply

  • Nancy Moreland
    February 7, 2022

    I am always on the lookout for good meatballs for my Hubster of 50 years. I tried these and OH MY! He loved them! I cook them in my homemade sauce and you are right. The flour step helps keep them firm; however, it also thickens my sauce. So I will simply make my sauce not as thick. I wouldn’t change a thing about this recipe. Very moist and yummy for us both. God bless you and your household! xo

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2022

      Hello Nancy, that’s great to hear! I’m happy to know that your hubby enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the review!

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    • Cathy
      March 17, 2022

      were you able to taste the flour in your sauce? I love a thick sauce and never thought to add flour.. thanks

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    • Gigi1956
      August 7, 2022

      did you cook them only in the sauce or saute or oven bake first? I would love to be able to only cook in sauce but afraid to try!!

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  • Bonnie Lea Wallace
    January 19, 2022

    Natasha, I apologize if this has already been addressed. But, can you tell me the type/name of the bread that you use please? Thank you so much! By the way…You are my hero!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 19, 2022

      Hi Bonnie! You’re so nice! I honestly don’t remember what brand of bread I used. We experiment with a variety, but possibly it was orowheat?

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  • Dale from Canada
    January 15, 2022

    Just made these for the 1st time tonight…another winner from Natasha’s kitchen. Thank you for the recipe and especially the tips.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

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  • Jen
    January 15, 2022

    I, too, found the recipe to be a bit on the soft side and wasn’t sure the meat would stand up to the heat of the oven without coming out looking like tiny hamburger patties. SO, a cookie scoop and a mini muffin tin later, easy breezy meatballs achieved. I grew up with breadcrumbs in the meat mixture and as an adult had been using freshly ground breadcrumbs. The bread/liquid paste is a different take on things and brings more moisture to the party.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • David
    December 22, 2021

    Not sure as to why doubling the sauce is necessary. We make this all the time, and the amount of sauce is quite sufficient (I like my sauce to be very saucy). As a matter of fact, Natasha’s Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe is now our goto recipe, and I have never had want for additional sauce. We have made over 500 of the meatballs over the last year, and we freeze them. When we get down to the the last 4 meatballs, we make more and freeze them. We have more sauce than the noodles can even hold.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 22, 2021

      I’m so glad to hear that, David! Thank you so much for sharing that feedback with me.

      Reply

  • Amy R Robles
    December 8, 2021

    Also to all the potential cooks out there, you need to double your marinara sauce if you make this with pasta and mix in the meatballs. I wish I knew this when I made this recipe. Anyhow, I’ll know better next time, more sauce if you have MEAT and PASTA.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 9, 2021

      Thanks for the suggestion, Amy. Definitely double the sauce if you prefer that.

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  • Amy
    December 8, 2021

    Well these didn’t turn out as meatballs. Just a mushy mess when I started pan frying these. I wasted $12 worth of ground beef. I just ended up mashing the beef and turned it into a meat sauce. Second time making this and same issue. Maybe give us more insight into what type of bread to use. If you use just regular store brand white bread it had a very wet mushy consistency.

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  • Don Nelson
    November 1, 2021

    I have trouble crushing the garlic. When I hit them they just bruise my hand and smash, How do you get them to granulate?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 1, 2021

      Hi Don, you can also use a garlic press if you have that tool.

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  • Bonnie Lea Wallace
    October 27, 2021

    I have another question about the juicy meatball recipe, please. Is it okay if you use the hamburger and pork after it is frozen? I, sometimes get the meat on sale, but not necessarily going to make them at that time.
    So, I normally would freeze it until I want to make them. So, is this okay or does it change everything?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 27, 2021

      Hi Bonnie, that should be okay. If you try this recipe, please share with us how it turns out!

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  • Muna
    October 9, 2021

    Hi. Can I use only beef as I don’t eat pork. And is there another combination I can use with beef?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 9, 2021

      Hi there, you can use all beef or ground turkey.

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  • Bonnie Lea Wallace
    September 20, 2021

    Hello Natasha, I do hope you are well. I was wondering if I can use your Juicy Meatball recipe for the Spaghetti & Meatballs as I don’t have any sausage on hand right now? Also, really stupid question, as you may remember I use ground chuck as my meat of choice, but, you just use regular everyday ground beef correct???? Thank you again for what you do. Have a wonderful rest of your day and I cannot wait to see what you make next!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 20, 2021

      Hi Bonnie! I think that will work with the spaghetti recipe! Yes, I use everyday ground beef! I bet it will be delicious with chuck, but havne’t tried it myself to advise.

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  • Sonal
    September 7, 2021

    Hey Natasha, our family is not into beef/pork….Can I try the recipe with turkey mince instead?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2021

      Hi Sonal, That should work. Ground turkey would make the meatballs leaner but should still work fine.

      Reply

  • Deborah
    September 5, 2021

    Can I put these in the air fryer.
    Love all your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 5, 2021

      Hi Deborah, I honestly haven’t tested that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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  • Bonnie Lea Wallace
    September 3, 2021

    Natasha, After completely failing my first time with this recipe, I was bound and determined to try it again. After thinking back, I realized several things. I did follow the mixing and ingredient part of the recipe perfectly. Where I fell short as I did not get the pan nearly as hot as it should have been which in turn caused the meatballs to steam instead of sear and that caused me to overcook them. Well; that was then and this is now! I’m happy to report that I just got done making them for the second time and I asked my roommate to be brutally honest with me as to yay or nay. The first word he uttered was they are really juicy!!!! Without any prompting from me! This time, I let the pan get screaming hot and I did turn them every two minutes and I definitely did not crowd the pan!!! I’m so happy and I’m even more thankful to you for bring this recipe to all of your followers! Thank you Natasha very much!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 4, 2021

      I’m so glad you gave it another try, Bonnie!! Thank you for your feedback!

      Reply

  • Sharon Molbegott
    August 20, 2021

    Can this be adjusted to use ground turkey as the protein? What changes would I use?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 20, 2021

      Hi Sharon, That should work. Ground turkey would make the meatballs leaner but should still work fine.

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  • Donna
    August 17, 2021

    Can I substitute Italian breadcrumbs? If so, how much should I use?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 17, 2021

      Hi Donna, Bread crumbs give a similar effect and can be substituted. I haven’t tried that specifically to advise on the amount. Most breadcrumbs packages have a ratio on their packaging our you can do a google search for the ratio. I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Patricia
    July 25, 2021

    Chopped turns will make a juicy meat ball. And kick it up a notch as far as health benefit. This was a study done by some collage experiment.

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  • Rosie Bonesteel
    July 21, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I am planning on making your juicy meat ball recipe with the sauce on them this Friday July 24th, 2021. I noticed that you have two different recipes for the meatballs, one with sweet ground Italian sausage that you use with the spag and meatballs, and the other juicy meat ball recipe calls for ground pork. I just want to make the juicy meat balls with the sauce only. Which recipe do I use. Love allyour recipes and am waiting for you to do a cookbook.

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  • Bonnie Lea Wallace
    July 20, 2021

    Hello Natasha, I first want to say that I’m an avid follower of yours, I just love the everyday items that you use and how you explain every detail! Question about the meatballs. Can you use milk in place of water? Just wondering. Thank you again. Bonnie

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    • Natasha
      July 20, 2021

      Hi Bonnie, milk would work in place of water.

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      • Bonnie Lea Wallace
        August 24, 2021

        Hello Natasha, I finally tried this recipe over the weekend. I want to let you know that I followed the recipe exactly. I made no substitutions. However, they were a bit dry. Not sure what I did to cause that, maybe you can advise me. I would appreciate it so much! Thank you for all that you do and share.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          August 24, 2021

          Hi Bonnie, these are normally very tender and juicy – you can see the expected texture in the video. Consider if maybe a different type of meat was used, or if they were over-cooked?

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  • Susan Davies
    July 14, 2021

    Hi Natasha. I have made these DELICIOUS juicy meatballs several times now and they are always a hit. My only problem is measuring out the meatballs. I used your link for the ice cream scoop but there are 3 different ones. Small, medium and large. Which one do you use to make sure they are the right size and make 24? Thank you for all the great recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 14, 2021

      Hi Susan, both the small or medium sizes will work for this. It should equal to about 2 tbsp worth of meat.

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  • Hurb
    July 13, 2021

    Making these today .. They look so good .. TY

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  • Barbra
    July 1, 2021

    Can i use brown bread instead of brown bread if that is what I have?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 1, 2021

      Do you mean instead of white? I haven’t tested that to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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      • David
        December 22, 2021

        We make our using whole wheat bread and it turns out just fine.

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  • Elina
    June 29, 2021

    Great recipe! I want to freeze them, but reheat later without using a sauce. How do I do that?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 29, 2021

      Hi Elina, Please check out the How to Freeze Meatballs portion in the recipe as I give some tips there.

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  • John Wilson
    June 28, 2021

    Have you ever made meatballs using ricotta cheese in them?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2021

      Hi John, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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  • Sandra L Mendenhall
    June 15, 2021

    I think I posted before but I post it again… These are the most easiest and delicious I made meatloaf with this recipe just as good. Thank you Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 15, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe Sandra!

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  • Amy Wonder
    June 8, 2021

    can i use shredded string cheese for shredded mozzarella?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2021

      Hi Amy, I haven’t tried this with string cheese to advise on the outcome.

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  • Amy Wonder
    June 7, 2021

    Thanks for your response

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  • Amy Wonder
    June 6, 2021

    Can I skip or replace the Parmesan?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 6, 2021

      Hi Amy, mozzarella should also work and the meatballs would still work if you left out the cheese. I hope you love the meatball recipe!

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  • Selena
    June 2, 2021

    Can’t wait to try this! I will make it with ground turkey because I don’t eat beef or pork. Thanks Natasha! 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 2, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Selena!

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  • Diane
    May 24, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I so enjoy watching you cooking videos! I have a question. Where did you get the round charcuterie board you used in your video with the lip and handle? I want to try making the one you made. It looks so delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2021

      Hello Diane, this is the board that I used.

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  • Laura
    May 18, 2021

    I made these meatballs and they are the best, the cook up beautifully, simmered in my sauce and flavored that too!! Not to mention the taste, firm yet soft and juicy, break apart with a fork!! The best!! Thanks for a wonderful recipe, I will use this over and over. BTW, I used a pre mix of ground beef, ground veal and ground pork. It worked splendidly!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 18, 2021

      Hello Laura, that is so great to know. Glad that combination turned out well, thank you for your good review and feedback!

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  • Stella
    April 21, 2021

    Can’t wait to try these! Love to watch your videos.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 21, 2021

      I hope you love these meatballs, Stella. Please share with us how it goes.

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  • Cecilia
    April 20, 2021

    Thank you so much for sharing and efforts
    Your cooking make us so happy everyday

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 20, 2021

      You’re so nice! Thank you for that wonderful feedback, Cecilia!

      Reply

  • Aleksandra
    April 18, 2021

    Wow so good, I just made them now but had to replace parsley with dried basil as that’s all I had on hand. Will try with parsley next time. Definitely juicy and delicious. I used grass fed beef which can be drier but not this time!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 19, 2021

      Sounds good, I’m glad you liked the recipe!

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  • Tiana
    April 11, 2021

    I LOVE this recipe! These meatballs were a huge hit with my family! I also made extra to freeze (for a quick and delicious meal when baby arrives). Thanks Natasha! 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 11, 2021

      I’m glad you do! Thank you for your excellent comments and feedback, Tiana.

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  • Susan Ennis
    April 5, 2021

    Made meatballs last night and added to sauce today. I didn’t have marina sauce so i used a tomato pasta sauce, added a bit of garlic and chilli to jazz it up. A big hit in our household with spiral noodles and garlic bread. Recipe was easy to follow.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2021

      Hello Susan, glad you liked this recipe! Thank you for your great feedback and review, we appreciate it.

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      • Amir
        April 21, 2021

        I’m wondering why bread and water as oppose to Italian bread crumbs and egg?

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        • Natasha
          April 22, 2021

          Hi Amir, the bread in the water makes the meatballs very moist. Bread crumbs give a similar effect and can be substituted.

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  • Donna Hyndman
    March 31, 2021

    Natasha I am making your meatballs right now. My grandson don’t like meatballs but does love sausage so I hope he likes these meatballs because it has sausage in it. If he does I will let you know. I have been making a lot of your recipes the breakfast quasadie was very good my grandson loved the ham ones. So my recipe since I was young is my hotdogs cheese mashed potatoes and mustard, very good recipe I wish I could get it on the shelves. My grown children and grandchi I ldren love 💘my hotdogs. I only buy bee.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 31, 2021

      Hi Donna, sounds good. I hope this recipe becomes your new favorite at home. Please share with us again how it goes!

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  • Judith
    March 29, 2021

    Great recipe. Clear and easy to follow directions. And the resulting meatballs are unbelievably delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2021

      Thank you for sharing your great comments and review with us, Judith!

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  • Debra Ann
    March 28, 2021

    Hello Natasha, these are the best meatballs I have ever had. So easy to put together. This is my new go to recipe for meatballs. Very yummy! Thank you, Debra

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 28, 2021

      I’m very happy with your comments and feedback, Debra. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Piscilla Martin
    March 21, 2021

    could you please clarify something, in a comment someone noted rolling the meatball in flour and yet I cannot find it in the instructions…thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 22, 2021

      Hi Piscilla, we don’t call for flour in this recipe, but someone wrote in curious if that would make the meatballs better since we coat our Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe meatballs in flour. I hope that helps clear up any confusion.

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      • Nina Thomas
        March 24, 2021

        For pork I use Italian sausage meat.

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  • joanne
    March 21, 2021

    Hi Natasha. is there an alternative for Parmesan cheese? thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 21, 2021

      Hi Joanne, mozzarella should also work and the meatballs would still work if you left out the cheese. I hope you love the meatball recipe!

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  • Camille Huddle
    March 15, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    What do you think about using red wine instead of water?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2021

      Hi Camille, I haven’t tested that, but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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  • Cindy
    March 15, 2021

    My meatballs seem to be too mushy, should I add more bread? or can i place the meat in the refrigerator to make to more manageable to work with?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2021

      Hi Cindy, I haven’t had that experience, but I imagine a little more bread may help it. I hope you love this recipe.

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  • June C Long
    March 15, 2021

    They sound delicious but I have to use gluten free bread do you think it will still be as moist?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2021

      Hi June, I haven’t tried that substitution, but I imagine it would still work out. If you experiment, I would love to know how it works out.

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  • Maureen
    March 13, 2021

    Natasha can u freeze your meatballs

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 13, 2021

      Hi Maureen, Please check out the How to Freeze Meatballs portion in the recipe as I give some tips there.

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  • Alexandra
    March 10, 2021

    Hi Natasha, what brand name white bread do you use in your meatballs? Thank you, Alexandra

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    • Natasha
      March 11, 2021

      Hi Alexandra, I honestly don’t remember what brand that was. We experiment with a variety, but possibly it was orowheat?

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  • Cidalia Brocca
    March 4, 2021

    Thank you very much for this excellent recipe. I baked the meatballs and served with your marinara sauce. Juicy, delicious, congrats!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 4, 2021

      You’re welcome, Cidalia! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

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  • Nicki
    March 2, 2021

    These ARE juicy! Thanks so much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 2, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe, Nicki!

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  • Bill
    February 26, 2021

    Made these tonight and followed your recipe to the T. Have to admit they definitely are nice and moist and the flavor is good. But for my family thinkin will have to cut back on the garlic a bit and possibly add some chopped onion. The wife liked them but said something missing, what just not sure. Anyways enjoyed making them. Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2021

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Bill. Feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your preference. I hope you love all the recipes that you will try!

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      • Bill
        February 28, 2021

        Followup: left the remainder of the meatballs in my spaghetti sauce overnight in the fridge for meatballs sandwiches the next night. Have to admit they were better and the flavor was for me awesome the 2nd night.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 28, 2021

          Awesome! Thanks for sharing with us your update, Bill.

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  • Jan
    February 23, 2021

    I tweeted these using ground turkey and turkey sausage. They were wonderful.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Jan!

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  • Gayle
    February 22, 2021

    I made these meatballs following the recipe exactly. They were flavorless, dry and tough. First Natasha recipe out of many that I have tried that came out awful. I am an experienced cook and planned these for a dinner party. I had to make a whole new bunch using Rao’s recipe, which was flavorful, moist and soft!!

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    • Natasha
      February 22, 2021

      Hi Gayle, these are normally very tender and juicy – you can see the expected texture in the video. Consider if maybe a different type of meat was used, if any substitutions were made or if they were over-cooked?

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    • Grammie
      August 10, 2021

      come on…you are being nasty

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  • Michele
    February 21, 2021

    Thank you Natasha! I’ve never made good meatballs till I made your recipe tonight! Excellent!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 21, 2021

      So great to hear that, Michele. Thank you for your awesome feedback!

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  • Kathleen K Perrelet
    February 21, 2021

    Wow these are so good! I made Food Network’s Jeff Mauro’s Vodka Sauce recipe and threw these meatballs in. OMG. Delicious. Better than buying pre-made meatballs. They are tender, so be careful with them because they are worth every bite.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 21, 2021

      Love it! Thank you for your awesome feedback, Kathleen.

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  • Tami G
    February 18, 2021

    I tried the meatballs today. However, due to the winter weather, I had already used my pork and last of my bread. But, I made half the recipe using all beef and subbed saltine crackers for the bread, leasing the salt a bit. Oh my word, these are do juicy and tasty…yummy. Thank you for sharing…looking forward to trying the recipe as written when I can get all the items. I took a picture of them…but, don’t see where to include here.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2021

      Wow, that is perfect! I’m so glad that you were able to make it work by using whatever ingredients you have on hand. Thanks for sharing that with us!

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  • Robert
    February 16, 2021

    I have used this recipe twice, just fabulous both sauteed and baked. Perfect for pasta or meatball sandwich. When baking super idea to broil for last two minutes to achieve and great look. Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2021

      Perfect! Thanks for sharing your great feedback with us, Robert.

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  • Nicole Fraser
    February 16, 2021

    I would appreciate being able to print your recipes. I scrolled and scrolled trying to find a printer but none to be found. It would take too long for me to write all the recipes I like. Hoping for a positive answer.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2021

      Hi Nicole, you can print my recipes. When you are at the page of the recipe click on Jump to recipe to go to the recipe card, then click Print. You may save it as a pdf and print it from your device. Hope that helps!

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  • Susan Ridgeway
    February 15, 2021

    Could these be made smaller and used as appetizer in a grape jelly/ chili sauce for a party?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 15, 2021

      I haven’t tried that yet but I imagine that could work! Please share with us how it goes if you give that a try.

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  • Mike Delorme
    February 13, 2021

    Thank you for the daily emails and Facebook posts. I use as many of your recipes as possible. You make cooking enjoyable again since my car accident I struggle to be in the kitchen. Reading your recipes in the middle of the night when I can not sleep makes the following days outlook a lot more positive. Wether or not I can cook tomorrow doesn’t matter as much as reading your ideas. I appreciate everything.
    Ps I can not find your cook books. Do you sell them in stores? I live in Ottawa Canada. Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2021

      I’m so glad our blog and recipes have gotten you through this tough time, Mike. I don’t have a cookbook out yet, but it’s on my list of life goals.

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  • Susan
    February 12, 2021

    Can you use all beef I can’t eat pork

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      Hi Susan, that substitution would work! I hope you love this recipe.

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  • JudyLoo
    February 11, 2021

    This is almost exactly how I make my meatballs. The only difference is that I put chunks of day old Italian bread or rolls (about 2-3 rolls) in my food processor and put them in a zip lock bag to freeze. Then you can put bread crumbs in the bowl with the rest of indredients , splash a few palm fuls of water in the bowl and mix together. I saute mine and they come out crusty on the outside and soft on the inside!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 11, 2021

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Judy!

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  • Lou
    February 7, 2021

    This is a great recipe! Thank you. I make it with bulk Italian sausage for a little more flavor.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2021

      Perfect! Thanks for sharing that with us, Lou.

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  • Dawn
    February 6, 2021

    Hi Natasha – Great Recipe! The second time we tried it I added a Tablespoon of Oregano and thought they were even better.

    Have also tried it with 13 Cup of Breadcrumbs. Like the Bread much better.

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    • Dawn
      February 6, 2021

      Make that 1/3 Cup Breadcrumbs

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 6, 2021

        I’m so happy you enjoeyd this recipe Dawn!

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        • Mary
          February 14, 2021

          Love your receipt I soak the bread in milk. Hugs

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          • Natasha's Kitchen
            February 14, 2021

            Thanks for sharing that with us, Mary!

  • Joseph
    January 24, 2021

    great recipe. what does rolling in flour do. as in spaghetti n meat ball recipe ?? mom did both frying in a pan of olive oil and baking either way Sunday morning I would wake to that Wonderfull AROMA of them meatballs. Good job again Natasha. “Good Eating”

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2021

      Thank you, Joseph. It gives the meatballs a good coating and it helps keep them together.

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  • Frances Farinola
    January 24, 2021

    Hello! Can I replace the white bread with bread crumbs? I usually make your meatballs with the bread but don’t have any today. If so, how much?
    Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2021

      Hi Frances, I haven’t tried this with breadcrumbs to advise on a quantity! If you do try it I would love to know how you like it!

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