Meatballs are a genius transfer for weekday meals. They’re straightforward to make, cheap, and provide oodles of selection. And the youngsters love them, too! Additionally, they freeze effectively. So make a pile on a lazy weekend and stash them within the freezer for fast dinners in your busy days.

It could appear counterintuitive, however meatballs are additionally an excellent possibility for those who’re reducing again a bit on meat. With meatballs, the serving measurement is straightforward to regulate, as long as you retain a conscious grip on the serving spoon. For finest outcomes, go large on the tomato sauce or different supporting components and let the meatballs be your bonus.

With these recipes, we’ve chosen the most effective of the most effective, together with all sorts of meatballs, that includes beef, pork, hen, turkey, lamb, even full-on vegetarian “meatballs.” For extra on making and freezing meatballs, try How to Make the Best Meatballs.

1. Chef John’s Italian Meatballs

We’ll begin with a traditional. This top-rated baked meatball recipe combines pork and beef. “Homemade meatballs are very easy to make,” says Chef John. “And since we skip the very messy step of pan-frying these before they hit the sauce, it becomes downright simple.”

Chef John's Italian Meatballs

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2. Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

With these floor turkey meatballs, you’ll tuck little cubes of mozzarella cheese inside meatballs well-seasoned with onion, garlic, pesto, and Italian cheese. The cheese-stuffed meatballs are then baked within the oven and completed in a pan of simmering marinara sauce.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

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three. Turkey and Rice Meatballs (Albondigas)

Right here’s one other floor turkey-based meatball recipe. Seasoned with cumin, cayenne, oregano, and smoked paprika, these tender meatballs are completed in a creamy tomato sauce flavored with somewhat crème fraiche and sherry vinegar. “As these turkey and rice meatballs simmer in the sauce, the rice absorbs moisture, swell ups, and creates a relatively tender, moist meatball,” says Chef John. “Delicious served over saffron basmati rice.”

Turkey and Rice Meatballs (Albondigas)

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four. Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs

Prepared for some meatless meatballs? The important thing to creating these no-meat meatballs super-savory with a meaty style and texture is to brown the mushrooms totally. “The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest,” says Chef John. “What really blew me away was how close the texture was to actual meatballs. They are officially approved for use on spaghetti!”

Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

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5. Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

These Swedish-style meatballs mix floor beef and pork gently spiced with nutmeg and allspice. Bake and serve with bitter cream gravy. To go full Swede on them, get pleasure from with boiled potatoes and lingonberry preserves.

Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)

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6. The Best Meatballs

These meatballs obtain the ground-meat trifecta, combining beef, veal, and pork, together with minced garlic and freshly grated Romano cheese. End ’em off in your favourite tomato sauce. “This is sooo close to my Nonna’s authentic Italian recipe,” raves RookieMom. “I am telling you, these meatballs ROCK!”

The Best Meatballs

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7. Lamb Meatballs in Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce

These wonderful, barely unique lamb meatballs are somewhat candy, somewhat spicy. You’ll simmer them in a spicy tomato and eggplant sauce. Take pleasure in them over rice pilaf.


eight. Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs

Right here’s a terrific technique to stretch your floor turkey breast. You’ll combine the turkey with mashed butter beans and seasonings. “A lighter version of Italian meatballs that go well with pasta,” says Susan. “Serve with spaghetti and sauce or any other pasta.”

Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs

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9. Thai Meatballs in a Tomato Coconut Curry Sauce

“These Thai-inspired meatballs are packed with bright and aromatic flavors and simmered in a fragrant tomato coconut curry sauce,” says France C. “While not a true Thai curry, I love experimenting with Thai ingredients and reinventing dishes. Serve over jasmine rice or rice noodles.”

Thai Meatballs in a Tomato Coconut Curry Sauce

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10. VIDEO: World’s Quickest Meatballs

Right here’s your go-to meatball-making technique once you’re craving meatballs on a weeknight however don’t have tons of time. There’s no chopping, no rolling, no frying or baking. And there’s no want to stress about over-combining the meat combination, both — these meatballs are indestructible. Popping them below the broiler means your meatballs are prepared in about half the time that baking or frying requires. Test it out:


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