I had never had a homemade meatball until I decided to make them myself. I decided to start making them when I read Leo the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and I love them so much, I make them every week or two. This is an incredibly easy and tasty recipe, and it takes no time at all.
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 c. Bread Crumbs (I usually save whole grain bread crumbs in the freezer, but white bread is great as well!)
1/4 c. Shredded Parmesan
1/4 c. Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated
1 Tb. Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 tsp. Oregano
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients excluding Ground Beef.
Add beef and mix thoroughly with fingers.
Roll into 1 1/2 to 2 inch balls.
Place on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes, turning halfway through.
They are ready to eat at this point.
You may wish to eat them plain, or toss them with Pizza Sauce and eat on a hoagie roll.
To make Spaghetti and Meatballs:
Prepare Meatballs as directed.
Add 8 oz. Tomato Sauce (canned is fine) to 2 c. Pizza Sauce and warm on stove.
Add Meatballs to sauce and simmer for 30 min. to 1 hour.
Prepare spaghetti as directed, and drain.
In the spaghetti pot, add butter and heat until bubbling.
Add minced garlic and cook in butter until golden brown.
Return spaghetti to pot and saute in butter and garlic for about 30 seconds.
Plate the spaghetti, and top with the Meatballs and Sauce.
Top with freshly grated Parmesan for an amazing meal!
The meatballs can be prepared ahead and frozen uncooked. Just roll into balls and place on wax paper, then freeze. Thaw in refrigerator when ready to cook.