Italian Meatballs with Beef and Pork
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Rachel Hanawalt
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 30 mins
You just can't go wrong with this recipe for classic Italian meatballs. Whether served atop pasta or in a sandwich roll, they're sure to be a favorite of your entire family!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef (I prefer sirloin)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage with casings removed
  • ½ C freshly grated parmsean cheese
  • ¼ C dry bread crumbs
  • ½ C finely chopped yellow onions
  • ¼ C freshly chopped basil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 32 oz of your favorite tomato sauce (fresh or jarred)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475º F.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with your hands until the ingredients are just evenly combined, take care not to over mix.
  3. Roll the meat into individual meatballs. I typically use about ⅛ C of the meatball mix for each meatball, but feel free to adjust your meatball size to your preference.
  4. Bake in a 475ºF oven for about 10 minutes on each side, which will brown the meat. You will need less time if your meatballs are smaller than ⅛ C or more time if your meatballs are larger. I prefer to use a cast iron pan for this step, but if you don't have one a baking sheet also works well.
  5. Transfer the meatballs to the stovetop. If you used a cast iron pan you can continue to cook in the same pan. Transfer your meatballs to a pot if you used a cookie sheet. Gently simmer in your favorite fresh or store bought tomato sauce for at least 20 minutes, but for as long as 2 hours for a more tender meatball.
Notes
Serve atop pasta or in sub rolls ("hoagie" rolls, as we call them in Philly). ;)

TO FREEZE & COOK IN A CROCK-POT: After baking the meatballs in the oven, completely cool and then place them in a freezer-safe container or bag (note that they are not completely cooked in the center, so no snacking). On the morning you plan to eat the meatballs, place them (while still frozen) in a crock-pot with tomato sauce and cook all day on the low setting.
Recipe by Simple Seasonal at https://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/meal-types/entrees/italian-meatballs-with-beef-and-pork