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A quick and easy meatball recipe. Serve with buttered pasta and a tomato sauce. It's ideal for freezing, make double the quantity and freeze in small batches for extra quick meals.

This has to be a cheat because it's so simple to make.

Italian meatballs with pasta
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:956
Ready in:4 hours 25 minutes
Prep. time:4 hours 15 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Recipe author:Chef
First published:23rd October 2012

Best recipe review

Basil is just the best!


The meatballs are great, but the finishing touch is the fresh basil.

The Judge


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for frying

to serve


  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients with clean hands until nicely combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours if possible for the flavours to mix.
  3. Divide the mixture into about 20 balls, roughly the size of a golf ball.
  4. Gently shallow fry in a little olive oil until browned on the outside and cooked to your liking. About 5 to 7 minutes, turning regularly - scrape from the pan with a spatula to prevent them breaking up.

Serving suggestions

Serve on a pile of buttered pasta or egg noodles and one of these tomato sauces

Garnish with shavings of Parmesan cheese.


Use pork instead of beef.

Try an Alfredo sauce instead of a tomato based sauce.

Use fresh basil as an alternative, or a mixture of basil and oregano (or marjoram), if using dried oregano, use 1 teaspoon. Don't bother with dried basil.

Chef's notes

I forgot to buy the lemon for this recipe, so used slightly less than a quarter of the rind (flesh discarded) from one of my preserved lemons, finely chopped.

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