5 Meatball Recipes for the Italian American Soul


What’s better than beefy, flavorful little balls of delicious-ness?

Meatballs. Rolled up little flavor bombs made of beef, veal, pork, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, cheese, love and nostalgia. Everybody and their nonna seems to have their own little twist to making them, but there’s one thing they all have in common. They all are deliciously comforting. 

And now, when there’s an infinite amount of time to be cooking at home, why not make those recipes that make you feel good and comforted. The ones that transport you back to your childhood, the ones that give you an excuse to indulge in memories with those around, the ones that bring you joy. And meatballs do just that.

So here’s a list of delicious meatball recipes that are guaranteed to join the clean plate club every time. (click the subheads below to open the recipes).

1. Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup is just about as good as it gets for comfort food. You’ve got your hearty vegetables, filling pasta, delicious, beefy meatballs rolled into cute, bite-size pieces. It’s got everything and works as a meal all on its own. No sides necessary.

2. Italian Meatball Sliders

These mini meatball sliders are perfect for entertaining, but because you probably aren’t doing a lot of that anytime soon, they can, at the very least, entertain you and your family. The meatballs have that classic Italian flavor, and are the perfect size for those who don’t want to go all in on a full-size sub. 

3. Papa’s Oversized Meatballs

And what’s better than tiny meatballs served with tiny pasta? One giant meatball. These fist-sized meatballs are so large only one will fit in a quart-size deli container. One meatball is equal to about four or five regular sized ones. Serve them atop a huge mound of spaghetti fit for a giant (or a typical Italian family) or just on its own. It’s certainly big enough to make a full meal.

4. Anelletti e Poppettine

There’s really nothing more nostalgic than Spaghetti-o’s. But have you tasted a can recently? It probably won’t live up to your expectations. So, make it from scratch. Kids will love them (even more than the canned stuff!), and honestly, so will all the adults. The traditional and comforting meatballs will transport you right back to your childhood.

5. Meatballs Alla Nicolina

This one is a bit different, but they are perfect poppers for cocktail hour. The meatballs are traditional, but the sauce is a delicious mixture of bacon, onion and white wine. And the story behind this recipe is one just about every Italian American can relate to.

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