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These homemade meatballs are tender and delicious. They are perfect for sandwiches, spaghetti and more. You can bake them ahead and freeze them for later too!

plate of rotini topped with meatballs and tomato sauce with a glass of red wine

      Meatballs are a classic meaty main dish that is relatively easy to put together and super delicious. Done right, they are tender, flavorful and perfect on pasta. They are also great in sub sandwiches. This recipe came from my aunt and is a family favorite!

  When I mentioned that I was going to collect family recipes to try, this was one of the recipes my mom suggested I ask for.  Apparently Marlene makes the best meatballs!

    So, I asked for the recipe and she delivered last night.  I decided today was the day to make them, so I got out the paper and set out to make meatballs.

    This should be easy I thought.  It is a family favorite recipe, so all I have to do is follow it to a T and take a few pictures.  So, imagine my surprise when I opened the paper to find the following:

Meatballs
hamb
onion
garlic
1 egg
oatmeal
Italian seasoning
basil
oregano
Parmesan cheese
350 F for 20 min
raw meatballs on a baking sheet pan
       What?!  Wait, where are the measurements?  So, I sent a text to my mom.

Do you have the measurements?  She dug out her version of the meatballs, and Marlene has specifically written that there are no measurements, she just eyeballs it.

    Now, I completely understand that.  I normally cook in exactly that way.  I just add a bit of this and a dash of that until it feels right.

But, I know not everyone cooks that way.  So, I guessed and measure and this is what I ended up with.

little dude mixing up meatball ingredients in a glass mixing bowl

Tips for making tender meatballs:

  • You will get the best flavor if you don’t use super lean ground beef. Somewhere in the middle of the fat to lean ratio will taste better and be more tender.
  • Chilling the ingredients before you mix and form the meatballs makes for better meatballs.
  • Don’t overwork the meat when mixing.
  • Don’t pack the meatballs too tight. You want them to hold together, but you don’t have to squeeze too hard!
  • If the mixture is sticking to your hands, try oiling them first. Or use a cookie scoop to get evenly sized meatballs. 

Marlene's Meatballs
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Marlene’s Meatballs

Yield

8 servings

Author

Cooking With Carlee

Prep time

15 Min

Cook time

20 Min

Total time

35 Min

These homemade meatballs are tender and delicious. They are perfect for sandwiches, spaghetti and more. You can bake them ahead and freeze them for later too!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground hamburger (or venison)
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mix all ingredients until just combined
  3. Form into 1 1/2″ meatballs, being careful not to pack them too hard
  4. Place meatballs in a rimmed baking sheet or 9″x 13″ pan and bake for 20 minutes

Calories

183.48

Fat (grams)

11.26

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.37

Carbs (grams)

2.10

Fiber (grams)

0.38

Net carbs

1.72

Sugar (grams)

0.37

Protein (grams)

17.41

Sodium (milligrams)

103.71

Cholesterol (grams)

75.51

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They come out of the oven smelling delicious!  I made up a recipe of Sunday Gravy just for these beauties.  The smell of both together is intoxicating.  I hope I can wait until dinner to try one!

Drop them into a batch of Sunday Gravy or simply simmer them in a jar of pasta sauce.  You can’t go wrong!

These homemade meatballs are tender and delicious. They are perfect for sandwiches, spaghetti and more. You can bake them ahead and freeze them for later too!

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Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Oh gosh, Carlee, I've gotten family recipes like that - and then I've gotten others with ingredients and amounts but no instructions, lol! I'm an eyeballer, too, but of course I had to learn to measure out for my kids and my blog! These look delish!

Mollie

Carlee

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

I pretty much only measure when I'm working on something for the blog! I'm usually a little bit of this and a little bit of that kind of cook. =)

Family Around the Table

Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Looks delicious. Pure comfort food.

Carlee

Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Thank you! They were just what I needed on a dreary day, that is for sure!