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Perfect Italian Meatballs

Buckle up - these are the most perfect italian meatballs that will ever grace your kitchen. Go ahead and double the recipe because you'll want these on hand at all times. Inspired by the OG Food Network man himself... Tyler Florence
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: perfect meatball recipe, what is the perfect recipe for meatballs, how to make authentic italian meatballs
Servings: 6 people
Author: Gaby


  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs divided
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 loosely packed cup fresh parsley
  • 1 loosely packed cup s bunch basil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus extra for drizzling
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium ball fresh mozzarella


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl combine the beef, pork, ½ cup panko bread crumbs, milk and eggs and set aside. In a food processor, combine the parsley, basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan and pine nuts. Process for 30-45 seconds until almost pesto like. Add the herb mixture to the meat and mix until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper. Shape the meatballs into large balls then roll them in the remaining panko bread crumbs.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Fry the meatballs on all sides to seal the crust. Transfer to a baking dish.
  • To the same pan, add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper and some extra basil. Let everything simmer together and reduce slightly for about 10 minutes. Pour the tomato mixture over the meatballs and top with torn mozzarella. Drizzle with olive oil and freshly cracked black pepper. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Garnish with extra torn basil and parsley.