My Momma’s meatballs
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Pick a day, any day. You’ll find me in the kitchen, testing recipes, shooting videos or cooking for a crowd. It’s my “home” inside my home.

When preparing food for a hungry gathering, you can bet that I will include dishes that are tried and true; the dishes I know people love.

Everyone who enjoys cooking is always looking for recipes that will make them instant rock stars in the kitchen – which brings me to one of my all-time favorites, my Momma’s best-ever homemade meatballs. That’s all I’m going to say. Just make them and see for yourself.

In fact, make a big batch, freeze some for later or have a big bowl of pasta with meatballs tonight. I’m including momma’s homemade meat sauce, so now all you have to do is pick the pasta!

My Momma’s meatballs


1 large onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 pound ground pork

1 pound ground beef

1 1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 cup finely grated fresh Romano or

Parmesan cheese 3 eggs

1/4 cup chicken broth or warm water

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper


Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent.

Set aside to cool. Combine pork, beef, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, broth or water, parsley, salt, pepper and the onion and garlic mixture in a large bowl. Mix just until ingredients are combined. Roll into small balls (about an inch and a half.)

On a baking sheet slightly greased or lined with parchment paper, bake meatballs at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until meatballs are slightly browned. (Or cook meatballs in frying pan with a little oil until browned.)

Momma’s meat sauce


1 large onion, finely diced

3 or 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

2 sticks of celery, finely diced

1 medium carrots, finely diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound of fresh ground beef

1/2 pound Italian sausage (sweet or hot)

2 cans (16 oz.) organic tomato sauce

1 can (6 oz.) organic tomato paste

3 bay leaves

2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped


In a large pan (or Dutch oven) over medium heat, sauté onion, garlic, celery and carrot in olive oil until tender and translucent. Add beef and sausage and cook until browned. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, bay leaves and basil. Simmer for about 45 minutes. When dark oil bubbles to the surface, the sauce is done. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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