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How to Make Meatballs from Scratch Recipe

Chef Dan Catanio , On January 20, 2024


How to Make Meatballs from Scratch – Recipe Card

How to Make Meatballs from Scratch Recipe Ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

Recipe Ingredients.

  • Bread crumbs

  • Ground meat (turkey)

  • Black pepper

  • Kosher salt

  • Garlic granulated

  • Oregano, parsley

How to Make Meatballs from Scratch Recipe Kitchen Tools

Tools Needed to Make this Recipe

Kitchen Tools.

  • Mixing bowl

  • Measuring Cup

  • Spoon and/or spatula

  • Tongs

How to Make Meatballs from Scratch Recipe Step-by-Step Cooking Directions

  1. Place the meat in the mixing bowl, then add the spices on top. Using a gloved hand mix the ingredients well together so to create an even mixture. An altnerative to this would be to use a dough mixer but this is not necessary. When the meat is mixed use the 1 ounce ladle to measure out each portion. Depending on the desired size for this meatball recipe you can use a half ounce ladle or even a two ounce ladle to make the meatball larger or smaller.

    Mix the spices, breadcrumbs, and the ground meat.

  2. On a cutting board let the meat mixture drop out of the ladle and gently roll it into a meatball using the palms of your hand. Then, place it on a baking tray ready to go into the oven.

    Place meatballs on a baking rack.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, slide the baking tray into the oven and bake for 40 minutes total for the one ounce meatballs. Rotate the tray after 20 minutes to make sure the meatballs cook even.

    Bake for 40 minutes at 300 degrees.

  4. Enjoy this traditional handmade meatball recipe on its own or over marinara sauce. Other options are to use this as a protein over al-dente pasta and grated parmesan cheese. You can also enjoy this handmade meatball recipe in a sourdough bun or with a light salad for a low-carb meal.

    Enjoy the meatballs over sauce or with a side of choice.

How to Make Meatballs Recipe Notes

Every meatball recipe requires a binder to make sure the meat sticks together to create a delectable round ball. In this handmade meatball recipe we use breadcrumbs as a binding agent. The breadcrumbs have gluten in them. This means this recipe is not suitable for those with a gluten allergy. Alternatives include using arrowroot or potato starch as binding agents for a gluten-free meatball recipe.

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.