Muddaʼs Meatballs

These meatballs are made in the classic Italian-American style. Serve them as appetizers with picks or small forks and plenty of napkins.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 10 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1⁄2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1⁄2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 6 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1⁄4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups marinara sauce


  • In a large bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the milk for 10 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, eggs, cheese, garlic, parsley, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Roll the mixture into 2-inch balls and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until barely smoking and brown the meatballs well.
  • Transfer the meatballs to a saucepan along with the marinara sauce. Cook for 30 minutes over medium heat.