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Mama Iuliucci’s Famous Meat-A-Balls (Italian Meatballs)


  • 2lbs lean ground beef
  • 8 -10slices white bread, broken into small 1/2 inch pieces (or you can use rolls or any stale bread you have and want to use up)
  • 2eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1⁄2teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1teaspoon italian seasoning (or to taste)
  • 2teaspoons parsley flakes (or to taste)
  • 1⁄4-1⁄2cup grated parmesan cheese (or Locatelli)
  • 1 -2teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4-1⁄2teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil (for frying) or vegetable oil (for frying)


  • Mix all ingredients gently in a large bowl until well combined.
  • Roll meatballs 1 1/2- 1 3/4" in diameter.
  • Heat about 1/4" of oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.
  • Fry meatballs in oil, rolling frequently, until evenly browned and juices run clear.
  • Drop meatballs in your favorite sauce (I highly recommend My Mama Iuliucci’s"Don’t Skip a Step" Spaghetti Sauce recipe#26947) and let simmer for awhile to flavor sauce or just serve with your favorite pasta and sauce.
  • Tip: You can also bake or broil these if the frying part is too much of a hassle– I use my broiler pan if I bake them, so the fat drips down and away from the meatballs.


  • Connie5

    These were the closet to how my Mom made meatballs that I have come across. No more store bought meatballs for me!

  • Gay Gilmore

    I baked I didn’t fry; and I used breadcrumbs I keep in the freezer, chunky ones. LOVE these. I had a slice of meatball pizza in new york recently and have been craving meatballs ever since. Made my own embellish-the-jar-type sauce. Not sure I’ve ever even made meatballs before…other than appetizers. I do need to work on my technique though…the meatballs on the pizza I had were so light and lovely. This is a great flavor ball!

  • mlonewolfq08

    I LOVE THESE MEATBALLS!!! very delicious, excellent taste, the texture is just right and combined with My Mama Iuliucci’s “Don’t Skip a Step” Spaghetti Sauce ITS A MEAL WORTH 5 stars! when making these meatballs i usually lightly toast the bread, just personal preference. sometimes i use a little less parm. cheese but thats just personal taste. THESE ARE THE BEST! EXCELLENT MEATBALLS wether they be used as appetizers for the football game, or put into your favorite spaghetti sauce for an excellent meal. (im planning on making this with Mama Iuliucci’s “Don’t Skip a Step” Spaghetti Sauce for my parents 21st anniversary)THANK YOU KAREN FOR POSTING THESE I PLAN ON MAKING THESE FOR A VERY VERY LONG TIME!

  • ciao

    Great meatballs, Karen! I had pasta and sauce on hand, but wanted something extra. I had one pound of ground beef, so I halved the recipe. Seared them on the outside, then threw them in the oven for a quick finish. Very moist and tasty!! Family loved them, and I’ll make these again! Thanks!

  • Charlotte J

    This are fantastic!! I made a five pound batch using ground chuck and 93% lean ground beef. I was wondering if I’d be able to mix it by hand with all that bread and no milk. I managed to restrain myself from adding any liquid. I mixed it, then formed them into small meatballs, baked 20 minutes at 375 degrees, with perfect results!!! I did bake them an extra 5 minutes ONLY because I was taking them to be used for a fundraising meal.These are a firm meatball that will not fall apart if placed in sauce. I had to print out the recipe for the requests I received. I must give your sauce a try next. Made for Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup

  • muncheechee

    I just tried one that came out of the oven…. Fantastic! Can’t wait to try them with a spaghetti or swedish sauce. I baked them on a cooling rack set inside a baking sheet at 450 F for about 15 minutes or until the internal temp reached 160 F. Thanks for posting!

  • canarygirl

    Excellent meatballs! I did make my own spaghetti sauce, by the way…wouldn’t have it any other way! They were very easy to make too. One change I did make was baking the meatballs instead of frying. It is so much easier that way! (I have 3 kids running around here, so easy is key in my cooking!) Other than that, didn’t change a thing. Thanks for a great recipe, Karen!

  • Glaber

    Oh my…. I’ve had this recipe saved in my cookbook for ages and never got around to making it. Well, tonight I did. These are amazing! I doubled the garlic, used panko instead of breadcrumbs, and baked them. Other than that I stuck pretty close to the recipe and nearly fainted when I took the first bite! If there were 6 stars this recipe would get it.

  • toyotachica

    My new go to meatball recipe! I used 1lb. 80/20 ground beef and 1lb. ground pork. I also didn’t have any old bread so I used one cup of plain bread crumbs. After scooping them with a medium cookie scoop, I broiled them in a broiler pan on low for 15 mins turning them after about 10 mins. They came out perfect! To make them extra moist and flavorful use 1/4 cup grated parmesan and 1/4 cup shredded parmesan and/or romano. Ah-mazing!

  • joantski

    They were easy and delicious. They made my “same ol’ spaghetti” into SPAGHETTI AND MEAT-A-BALLS!! Great the next day after sitting in the sauce all night. Thanks.