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Grandmoms Meatballs


This recipe originated with my grandmother. My dad's mom. She made true Italian dishes. Homemade pasta, sausage, had her own garden too.

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  • 2 pounds of ground chuck or sirloin (ground turkey & chicken is good too)
  • 1/2 pound of ground pork
  • 2 c Italian style bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 c grated cheese
  • 1 Tbsp of Virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


Servings 10
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 1mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Mix a the ingredients together in a large bowl of use your mix master. (my favorite tool). Let it stand for a half hour. Form into medium size meatballs.

Step 2

Fry in the olive oil. Gently turning them as they brown up. Or place on a baking sheet on top of foil and bake for 1/2 hour at 350 degrees. Gently place into your own Hot spaghetti sauce and cook for 1 hour on medium to low heat.


If you don't know how to make your own sauce. I have a recipe for that too. Or you can use jar sauce and reduce the cooking time in half on the stove.

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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