Meat Dishes

Mom’s Best Sunday Meatballs

Ever since we can remember, pasta and mom’s best meatballs have been a tradition on every Sunday. Waking up to the smell of Mom’s meatballs, going to Mass and coming home to a table set with bread, wine, grated parmigiano cheese and the smell of her tomato sauce simmering all through the house. We couldn’t wait to eat!

Mom would let each of us have one meatball after she fried them. They were so crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, it was difficult to eat just one, but we had to wait until 2 o’clock to sit down for our family dinner.  

Still today, no meal unites and satisfies us more than Nonna’s pasta with meatballs on Sundays. It’s where the family gets together for stories and laughs, triggering memories of childhood just like the holidays.

Every meatball is super moist and soft to every bite. Eat them fried or pop them into your favorite tomato sauce and serve them with your favorite pasta. They are the best meatballs ever!  And, it’s by far the favorite meal for everyone in the family. No need to make any sides, well… maybe just a salad.  Enjoy!

Mom’s Best Sunday Meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, (may also mix 1/2 beef with 1/2 veal)
  • 1 loaf Italian Bread (preferably old)- soaked in water
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. Romano grated cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley – chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying


In a large bowl. Soak a loaf of Italian bread for a about 3 minutes.
Remove bread from water.  Remove the crust and discard, leaving only the inside dough.
Using you hands and squeeze all liquid from the bread. 
Transfer  bread to a large bowl.

Combine bread with ground beef, eggs, cheese, garlic powder, pepper and parsley.
Mix with your hands to combine well. A spoon will just not do!
Scoop a small amount of meat mixture into your hand and roll into 2-inch balls.

On stove top, in a deep medium size skillet, pour oil.
Heat oil on medium heat. When oil is hot.
Carefully add a few meatballs and fry until bottom is crispy brown.
Gently turn meatballs over once and continue until crispy brown.

Remove meatballs from pan and drain onto a platter lined with paper towels.

Repeat until all meatballs are cooked.
Eat them alone, fried or place them into your Tomato Sauce and simmer for about 30 minutes to one hour.  Using a spoon, gently remove the meatballs,  transfer onto a platter and serve.

Yields:  about 20 meatballs

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  • Reply
    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    December 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I am absolutely drooling! I love the family traditions and so sweet she let you have one before the afternoon meal. Awesome mom indeed!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    November 6, 2013 at 1:44 am

    These are BEAUTIFUL! Makes me wish I had been at your mom's for just one Sunday dinner. Love this post!1

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    Marin mama cooks
    November 6, 2013 at 2:49 am

    These look amazing and there really is nothing better than spaghetti and meatballs. It's the ultimate comfort food. We love taking leftover meatballs and making meatball subs. So good! I'm sure your both keeping up the Sunday meatball routine in your house and then your kids will do the same. Traditions are the best! xoxo, Jackie

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      November 6, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Hey Jackie, you are so right! We keep the Sunday tradition during the Fall and Winter months. And we only can hope that our kids will do the same some day.
      xxoo Anna

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    nancy at good food matters
    November 6, 2013 at 11:43 am

    these look so delicious—just the right kind of meal for these cool autumn evenings. such a nice Sunday tradition you are continuing!

    • Reply
      November 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you Nancy!

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    November 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I'm SO drooling over your mother's meatballs! Something my mother never made for whatever reason. I MUST try this recipe, since gosh we love good meatballs and need a GREAT recipe that I know you are both sharing with lots of 'amore'!!!!!


    • Reply
      November 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you Roz!! 🙂

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