Mom’s Sunday Meatballs happens to be the BEST meatballs you will ever taste! Her meatballs are made with lean ground beef, a loaf of old bread, eggs, cheese and seasonings. Then fried before they go into a pot of simmering tomato sauce. Every meatball is super moist, soft and delicious with every bite.
Ever since we can remember, pasta and mom’s best Sunday meatballs have been a tradition, and were always served on a Sunday.
As kids, waking up to the smell of mom’s Sunday meatballs, going to Mass and coming home to a table set with bread, wine, grated Parmesan 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 and best meatballs on Sundays. It’s where the family gets together for stories and laughs, triggering memories of childhood just like the holidays.
Mom’s Sunday Meatballs are everyone’s favorite, and always made with love!
Your family will love this recipe! It is such a delicious dish and one your family will love you for the extra effort to make them.
Eat them fried or pop them into your favorite tomato sauce (recipe for mom’s tomato sauce is included below) 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 with this meal! Well… maybe just a salad.
How to Store & Freeze Mom’s Meatballs
Store and keep fresh: Let the sauce cool down to room temperature, then store meatballs submerged in the tomato sauce in an airtight containers. Chill in refrigerator up to 3 to 4 days.
How to freeze: First, let the sauce and meatballs cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight plastic container. Freeze up to 1 month. Allow to defrost completely before reheating on stove-top, and with low heat, until the sauce and meatballs are completely heated through.
*Follow along with our easy directions, or jump down to the bottom of this post for our full recipe card!
Ingredients for Mom’s 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
Directions for Mom’s Sunday Meatballs:
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. Or you can mix the meat mixture with a Kitchen Aid mixer for a few minutes. A spoon will not do the job.
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
Also, try our Braciole – Sicilian Style! It too is our family recipe for a fabulous meat dish that simmers in delicious tomato sauce.
INGREDIENTS FOR MOM"S TOMATO SAUCE:
TO MAKE THE MEATBALLS:
DIRECTIONS FOR MOM's TOMATO SAUCE: