italian meatballs on a baking sheet
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Spicy Italian Meatballs

These amazing spicy Italian meatballs are made with half hot Italian sausage and half lean ground beef.  This is a step by step guide to making homemade Italian meatballs. So delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 412kcal


  • 1 lb Hot (Johnsonville) Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Beef (15% fat works great)
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Cumbs or cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large Mixing bowl, Combine the hot sausage and ground beef.  Mix with your hands until well combined.  (You can use food preparation gloves for this process if that makes it more tolerable)
  • Add the rest of the ingredients. (Breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, cream, eggs, parsley, minced garlic, onion powder, and salt.) Mix again until well combined.
  • To make the meatballs, roll about 1 1/2  tablespoons of the meat mixture between your hands to form a ball. Drop the meatballs onto the baking sheet, about 2" apart. Repeat this process until you have formed all your meatballs.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for approx 25 minutes or until golden brown on the outside and the inside of the meatballs reach at least 145 degrees. 
  • Take out of the oven and let sit for a couple minutes before adding the meatballs to a baked pasta dish, or sub sandwich.  These can be cooled and then frozen to use at a later date.  This recipe makes approx. 24 meatballs. Enjoy!



Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 337mg | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2.4mg