Nonna's Meatballs

August 9, 2010
Nonna's Meatballs

Author Notes: My Nonna's recipe. I've been eating them my whole life and every time I make them I think of her. I cook them in her sauce which is cooked long and low with pork, but you can also fry them and add to any marinara sauce you like. - Nancy JoNancy Jo

Food52 Review: If I had a nonna, this is how I'd hope her meatballs would taste. My family would happily eat these every Sunday. First off, this recipe couldn't be simpler. No exotic ingredients that I had to purchase, no soaking bread, not much to prep. I particularly liked Nancy Jo's suggestion to test for seasoning by frying up a small bit. Why have I never heard this before? I chose to brown (but not cook through), the meatballs in a frying pan and then drop them into some hot marinara sauce I had on a simmer. Everyone loved them—they're light, nicely cheesy and just tasty as can be. Now if only I had some of Nonna's pork sauce... - healthierkitchenThe Editors

Serves: 8


  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated romano or parmesan cheese (a blend is nice)
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced (use a press if you have one)
  • salt and pepper to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Mix all the ingredients using your hands. After they are mixed add a little warm water. You want the consistency to be soft and a little sticky. When you roll them, wet your hands so they don't stick to your hands too much. tip: I take a small amount and fry it in a pan to check for seasoning. It only takes a minute and it's worth it to see if you need more cheese or salt and pepper.

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