Nonna's Meatballs

Carol Perricone


My grandmother was a basic meat and potatoes cook...lots of pot roast, roast beef, and steaks. These meatballs were one of her best recipes, and I enjoy making them for my family and friends. They are always a hit.


★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    85% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb
    ground pork
  • 1 3/4 c
    parmigiano-reggiano, grated
  • 1 1/4 c
    bread crumbs, dry
  • 1 large
  • 1 small
    shallot, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced fresh parsley
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion, chopped fine
  • 1 c
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c

How to Make Nonna's Meatballs


  1. Using hands, mix ground beef, ground pork, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, egg, shallot, milk, parsley, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Pinch off and roll mixture into 1 1/2 inch meatballs (about 30 meatballs total).
  3. Spread 1/2 cup breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Coat meatballs with breadcrumbs, shaking off excess, and transfer to a large plate.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Brown half the meatballs on all sides, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with 1 tablespoon more oil and remaining meatballs. Transfer to plate.
  6. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken broth and water, then slowly whisk in remaining 1 cup parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs until smooth, and bring to a simmer.
  7. Nestle meatballs into skillet and bring to a simmer. Cover, and reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer 10-15 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through. If sauce gets too thick, add a little more chicken broth to thin it out.
  8. Season with salt and pepper, and serve. Enjoy!

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About Nonna's Meatballs

Course/Dish: Beef, Pork
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian

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