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Melt In Your Mouth Italian Meatballs

These are homemade Italian Meatballs without the guilt! I'm a fan of using 96% ground beef to keep my recipes healthy and full of protein without the fat!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 246kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 2 pounds 96% lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup italian bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 jars of your favorite marinara sauce


  • In a large bowl add all ingredients and combine with your hands until everything is mixed through.
  • Shape into meatballs.
  • Heat a large pot or skillet over medium high heat.
  • Fry meatballs in batches using 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Turn the meatballs about 3 times and cook them 2 minutes per side.
  • Remove from heat and set aside on a plate. Repeat this process until all meatballs are cooked.
  • On the same pot or skillet, add the marinara sauce and deglaze until all of the brown bits from the meat blend into the sauce.
  • Return the meatballs to the pot and cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes until soft.


Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 57mg