Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

All you need for this simple meatball recipe is bread, milk, beef, parsley, nutmeg, and egg, and in 25 minutes you'll have delicious tasting home-style meatballs everyone will enjoy. Add egg noodles to make it an Italian favorite.


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Cooking Time25 min


  • 1 slice white bread, fresh
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup minced Italian flat or regular parsley
  • 1 egg


  1. Soak bread in milk; squeeze out milk.
  2. Add bread to beef, pepper, nutmeg, parsley and egg then shape into meatballs.
  3. Saute or broil until brown all around; drain.
  4. Add your favourite tomato sauce and finish cooking, about 20 - 25 minutes in simmering sauce.

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Nutmeg is a spice i once used a quarter of a teaspoon and never used again. Soaking the bread in milk is a new twist on how i make my meatballs, but it seems easier than using breadcrumbs and eggs. Thanks for the helpful tips on the quantity of parsley and nutmeg.

I made these for dinner and i found the parsley to be way over-powering. It was hard to eat.

I recently made Salisbery Steaks using my modified recipe. Instead of making meatballs. I formed them into pattys, browned & drained them. I used (2) packets of reduced sodium brown gravy mix, I small can of mushrooms, (1) small chopped onion & added the pattys. I let them simmer for 1/2 hour and served them with mashed potatos. A fast and really flavorable dinner.

I reduced the nutmeg from 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon. The nutmeg tended to be a little overpowering.


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