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Easy Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 25-30 meatballs 1x


A quick and easy for Italian meatballs served with a smoky tomato sauce.



For The Meatballs:

  • 1.5 lb. ground beef or pork
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely-diced white onion
  • 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs

For The Sauce:

  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes (I prefer fire-roasted)
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • chopped fresh basil or parsley for garnish


  1. Combine the beef (or pork), breadcrumbs, onion, Parmesan, garlic, eggs, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Use a potato masher or your hands to combine the mixture until evenly-mixed.
  2. Use a small scoop or a spoon to measure out a rounded tablespoon-full of the mixture, and then roll it into a ball. Set aside. Repeat with the remainder of the mixture and set aside.

To Make On The Stovetop:

  1. Meanwhile, heat the crushed tomatoes in a large, deep sauté pan (or stockpot) over medium-high heat until simmering. Stir in the smoked paprika, season with salt and pepper, and reduce heat to medium-low. Add the meatballs in a single layer, coating with the sauce. Cover and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through, turning the meatballs once or twice. Remove and set on a serving plate, ladling any of the extra sauce on top of the meatballs. Serve with bamboo forks or toothpicks if desired.

To Make In A Slow Cooker:

  1. Stir together the crushed tomatoes and smoked paprika in the bowl of the slow cooker . Add the meatballs in a single layer, coating with the sauce. Cover and cook on low until meatballs are tender, about 4-6 hours.