Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs


  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, minced
  • 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Sauté onions and garlic for 5 minutes or until they are soft and lightly golden brown. Remove from stove to cool.

In a large bowl, combine cream, egg, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, ketchup, Parmesan together. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well to incorporate all ingredients.

Add the beef and pork. Top with cooled onion and garlic mixture. Toss with your hands to ensure everything is well incorporated. Note: Do not over mix meatball mixture as meatballs will become tough during the cooking process.

Form meatballs slightly larger than a golf ball. Arrange on baking sheet in a single layer. Do not allow meatballs to touch when placed on the baking sheet. You should have some room in between each one.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are nice and golden brown on the top. Remove from the oven and allow to rest.

Makes approximately 15-20 meatballs.


Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

Little Chefs

  • Have them help gather ingredients for the recipe.
  • Help your child separate the parsley leaves from the stem. Explore the color, smell and taste of the herb. Ask them what they think?
  • Explore the colors of the green parsley, white egg, yellow onion, red ketchup, etc. See if they can identify the colors on their own. Play a fun seek and find game where they can locate other items around the kitchen with the same colors of the ingredients.
  • Working together, allow them to help measure and pour the breadcrumbs into a bowl. Do the same with the Parmesan cheese. Allow them to feel the texture of both ingredients.
  • Once the recipe is complete, allow them to taste their creation. See if they like it.

Kid Chefs 

  • Allow them to gently mix the meatball mixture with their hands. Then, working together, they can help form the meatballs. This is a great way to explore the texture of the uncook meatball and compare to the cooked meatball.
  • Practice measurements using measuring cups and spoons.
  • With adult supervision, practice using a cheese grater to grate the Parmesan cheese.
  • Allow your child to crack the egg into the bowl and use a whisk to beat the egg.
  • With adult supervision, allow them to help cook the onions and garlic – stirring and seasoning the mixture with salt and pepper.
  • With adult supervision, they can help grate the garlic using a zester or microplane.
  • Once the recipe is done, allow them to taste their creation and ask them to describe the flavor.



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