Kittencal’s Italian Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meatballs

This recipe is SO delicious and easy! I love spaghetti and meatballs made this way. It’s true what she (Kittencal) says, these meatballs are so much more flavorful! A link to her blog is at the bottom of this post, check out her other yummy recipes!

Cooking the meatballs in simmering pasta sauce will not only add so much extra flavor to the sauce the meatballs will be melt-in-your-mouth tender, you may of course oven-bake the meatballs for about 25 minutes, — don’t be afraid to add in more Parmesan cheese and a little more milk, there is no need to measure exactly, this recipe is pretty much foolproof, leftover cooked meatballs make a wonderful pizza topping just slice thinly and freeze until ready to use

1 1/2 lbs ground beef ( a mixture of 1 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound ground pork will work well also)
1 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup breadcrumbs ( or use enough to hold the meat together (no dry breadcrumbs? just soak 3 slices of bread in the 1/3 )
1 -2 Tbs fresh minced garlic ( or use 1 teaspoon garlic powder or to taste)
1 -2 tsp salt ( or to taste, I use 2 teaspoons seasoned salt)
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup milk ( can use up to 1/2 cup milk)
1/2 tsp dried oregano ( optional, or to taste)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley ( or 2 tablespoons dried parsley)

1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Shape into small meatballs (at this point you can place on a jelly-roll/baking sheet and freeze to use later, or cover with plastic wrap refrigerate up to 24 hours before using).
3. Drop the meatballs into simmering pasta sauce, do not stir for at least 20 minutes or you will risk breaking the meatballs.
4. Continue cooking in the simmering sauce for another 20 minutes (depending on how fast your sauce is simmering 40 minutes total should fully cook the meatballs).
5. After the 40 minutes cooking time continue cooking your sauce with the meatballs in for as long as desired.

Yield: 1.5 pounds

you may also bake the meatballs at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

Author: Kittencalskitchen

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