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How to Make Freaking Great Meatballs

Crafting the perfect meatball is more than following a recipe, it is about mastering the technique. Let me show you how to make freaking great meatballs!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound ground chuck 80/20 beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cups white bread (½” cubes & crust removed)
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ½ cup parsley (finely chopped)
  • cup grated onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • 48 ounces pasta sauce (optional)


  • In medium bowl add cubed bread and milk to create a panade, tossing to ensure bread is fully saturated and let sit 10 minutes to soak.
  • While bread is soaking gently crumble beef and pork into a large bowl.
  • Prepare remaining ingredients in a separate dish and when bread is done soaking add them to the panade.  Mash the soaked bread with your fingers to break it down and combine with the other ingredients. Any bits of bread that aren't fully saturated can be removed, otherwise add additional milk if much of the bread is not yet mushy.
  • Pour bread and seasoning mixture over the crumbled meat and gently combine with the meat using your fingers. Work the meat only as much as needed to blend with the ingredients.
  • Scoop out 2 tablespoons of meatball mixture at a time and gently form it into balls by rolling between your palms. Keep your hands wet to avoid sticking.
  • At this point, meatballs can be frozen for later use, or cooked immediately. 

Cooking Meatballs

  • BROILING: Set broiler on high and place meatballs on a greased baking pan. Broil until the exterior of the meatball browns. Finish cooking the interior of the meatball in simmering pasta sauce, 5-10 minutes.
  • BAKING: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place meatballs on a greased baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, or until the interior of the meatball reads 160 degrees with a digital meat thermometer.


  • Serve the meatballs in pasta sauce with spaghetti or with buns and Italian cheese to make meatball subs.


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