Adapted from: https://www.thekitchn.com/italian-meatballs
- 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 small yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves (or 1 Tbsp dried)
- 8 ounces ground beef
- 8 ounces ground pork
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 (24 to 25-ounce) jar marinara sauce, or (3 cups homemade sauce)
- Finely grate 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and place in a large bowl. Finely chop 1/2 small yellow onion and 2 cloves garlic, then coarsely chop 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves; add everything to the bowl. Add 8 ounces ground beef, 8 ounces ground pork, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix lightly with a fork until just combined.
- Form the mixture into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each), wetting your hands with water as needed to keep the mixture from sticking, and place on a baking sheet so that they are not touching. You should have 16 to 18 meatballs.
- Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch high-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the meatballs in a single layer and cook until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the meatballs and brown the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to large plate (the meatballs will not be fully cooked).
- Pour 1/4 cup water into the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan (alternatively, use some wine in place of the water for added flavour). Add 1 jar or 3 cups marinara sauce and bring to a simmer. Gently add the meatballs into the sauce, and reduce the heat to simmer gently until the meatballs are cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Serve on their own with a salad, or over pasta for a complete meal.