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Spicy Italian Meatballs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

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!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 412 kcal
  • 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
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. 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)

  4. Add the rest of the ingredients. (Breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, cream, eggs, parsley, minced garlic, onion powder, and salt.) Mix again until well combined.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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!

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Italian Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 682mg 28%
Potassium 337mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 7.5%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.