5 from 7 votes
Traditional Meatballs are a deliciously tender and flavorful recipe that will have your meatball fans coming back each time for more. These meatballs are made with love out of lean ground beef, quality ground pork, breadcrumbs, Pecorino Romano cheese, garlic, Fresh Italian herbs, and then lightly fried to perfection in olive oil.
Traditional Meatballs { Italian-American Recipe}
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins

These meatballs are made with love out of lean ground beef, quality ground pork, breadcrumbs, Pecorino Romano cheese, garlic, Italian herbs, and then fried to perfection in olive oil.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Ground Beef, Ground Pork, Meatballs
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 490 kcal
Author: hmccallum
  • pounds Lean ground beef
  • ½ Pound Ground pork
  • ¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano cheese +more
  • ¼ cup Chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh basil chopped
  • 2 large Egg lightly beaten
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 pinch Pepper flakes to own taste
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to own taste
  • 6 tablespoons Olive oil for cooking meatballs divided by 2
  • 2 cups Homemade sauce
  • 8 ounces Fresh Mozzarella
  1. In a large bowl combine cold lean ground beef, ground pork, panko breadcrumbs, Pecorino Romano cheese, Italian flat-leaf parsley, minced garlic, fresh chopped basil, beaten eggs, milk, pepper flakes, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Form meatballs to 1×1 or 2×2 inches. Place on a metal baking pan till needed.

  2. Heat 2 large cast iron or metal skillets on medium heat before adding olive oil to the bottom, add enough to coat the bottom of the skillet or metal pan but not drench the meatballs in olive oil about 3 tablespoons or less in each.

  3. Fry the meatballs on each side until browned. Remove from the skillets and place them on a wire rack to drain for a few moments.

  4. Meanwhile, add your favorite homemade sauce to a large saucepan over low heat and then place the meatballs in the sauce to cook for 1 hour on the very low heat. Be sure to stir here and there.

  5. Serve meatballs with Italian bread and cheese, or over your favorite al dente pasta if desired.

  6. Top with Pecorino Romano cheese, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil.