Grandmother's Meatballs Recipe

by Joanie
(Philadelphia, Pa.)

   Mangia!! Mangia!

Mangia!! Mangia!

This recipe was passed down from generation. My grandmother was from Italy (Calabria) and came to America at 6 yrs of age in 1892. She made each Sunday ,since I could recall.......;spaghetti and meatballs! (Salad for dessert and Italian bread).

I even have her spaghetti bowl which as a small child; I thought it was large ;but it is really not too large in size after all.

When she cooked most times; she never really measured with spoons or cups; but just guessed and sprinkled a bit here and there of ingredients while cooking!

Of course, she wore an apron ;that was a must!;and for anyone entering her kitchen over 5 yrs of age! I use to help break into small pieces the green beans many a days!

At Christmas time she would make special cookies!;;such as Pizzelles or Annisette or others!
Miss those special days!!


  • 1 lb of Pork, veal and beef
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped or minced fine
  • 1 or 2 eggs .....mixed into meat
  • 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs (Italian bread)mixed in blender
  • 1 cup of grated Locatelli Romano cheese
  • 1 or 2 tbs of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tbs of Italian parsley chopped up
  • 6 tbs of tomato sauce or (gravy) (homemade)


  • MIX all ingredients together and,,,,,,,,make into large to med sized shape of balls.
  • Get the olive oil and heat in large frying pan.
  • Place garlic in first a clove or two to get some extra flavor!
  • Cook the meatballs for as long time as it take to cook them fully or properly. (approx 20 mins); turning at times;so they don't burn.
  • Add gravy or sauce and let simmer for few hrs....2 to 3 hrs. ;then cook favorite pasta!! Enjoy!! Mangia!! Mangia!

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    Jun 11, 2011
    by: barbara

    This is traditional Calabrese cooking!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sep 20, 2010
    by: Anonymous

    There is only one basic unit of measurement for Italian cooking, "basta".Thanks for a great dish.

    Aug 05, 2010
    Good Meatballs
    by: Mark

    now that's a MEATBALL . . . add a half pound of pork & don't fry that long. will finish cooking in SAUCE.

    May 27, 2010
    Easy meatballs
    by: Joe

    This seems like a very simple and basic recipe ;that I could try and enjoy! Even a Man could make them! Mangia!

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