basic meatball recipe

I have a few staples in my repertoire and this is one of them. I first used Jamie Oliver’s recipe and made some tweaks. Now I don’t really have a recipe and just use whatever is on hand in the pantry, resulting in meatballs that taste good but are different each time. There are however a few essentials that are present all the time. For example, I always use a combination of meats and always soak my breadcrumbs in milk before mixing it in.

*UPDATED: July 2015 with new alternate recipe that results in awesome meatballs that have a nice, fine and tender texture.

Basic Meatballs


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • About 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs (I use Panko), soaked in just enough milk to cover the breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.5 tablespoons combination of dried herbs (oregano, thyme, fennel, caraway, rosemary, coriander, cumin etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon or more dried chilli flakes
  • Olive oil, for frying

Alternate recipe:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 cup rolled oats, soaked in 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 onion, minced finely
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • All-purpose flour for dredging, about 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil, for frying


1. Combine all ingredients together and mix well. I usually use my hands.

2. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Sometimes I leave it overnight.

3. Shape mixture into balls, about 1 tablespoon of meat for each ball. I usually make small to medium sized balls for quicker cooking in sauce.

4. Heat olive oil in pan and sear meatballs until brown on the outside. For the alternate recipe, lightly dredge the meatballs in some flour before frying. Move meatballs to sauce and continue cooking in sauce until done. I usually use a basic tomato sauce.

Sometimes I also keep the meatballs for use in other recipes. When you reheat them in the microwave, it usually finishes cooking the meatballs. You can also freeze the meatballs.

spaghetti and meatballs

1 comment
  1. izabi said:

    your post reminded me my friend saying (while eating): ‘oh lord, I could marry a meatball’ đŸ˜‰

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