Hearty Meatball Recipes
Whether they are in soups, sliders, or spaghetti, meatballs make for a delicious and comforting meal.
Meatballs with Tomato Ragu and Creamy Polenta
Baking the meatballs sets their shape so they'll stay whole when simmered in the tomato sauce.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
This fun dish is two recipes in one: delicious, easy meatballs and a slow-simmered tangy tomato sauce. If you have any extra sauce, toss it with your favorite green vegetable, spoon it over a bowl of creamy grits, or pair it with pork chops or other meats.
Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs
Cocktail meatballs hold a special place in the canon of Southern party appetizers, in part because they are a study in ground-beef perfection and simplicity. While we love the ones our mamas made with chili sauce and grape jelly, this recipe is the one we still pull out for company. This recipe mixes ground beef with the sweet, the tart, and the unexpected: brown sugar, lemon juice, and horseradish, to make a cocktail-fork temptation that should grace every Southern party table or tray. So grab a bottle of wine—for the recipe—get ready to party, and enjoy making these delicious cocktail meatballs.
Chimichurri Beef Meatball Hoagies
These deliciously flavored meatballs served on hoagie rolls or French baguette rolls will be the new favorite at your weeknight dinner table or your neighborhood football party. The sauce makes plenty for cooking the meatballs, and there's even enough to spoon over the sandwiches for a boost of flavor.
Turkey Meatball Stroganoff
Recipe: Turkey Meatball Stroganoff
Frozen meatballs and the slow cooker make getting a home-cooked comfort meal of Turkey Meatball Stroganoff on the table super easy.
Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Recipe: Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Replace regular spaghetti with spaghetti squash for a healthier but still kid-friendly update on the classic dish.
Recipe: Party-Perfect Meatballs
These meatballs can be your ground beef go-to finger food at any time of year. That’s the reason we call them our Party-Perfect Meatballs. To make ahead, prepare meatballs through Step 2, and freeze in zip-top plastic freezer bags for up to 1 month. To reheat from frozen, pick up with Step 3 and warm the meatballs in the sauce over low heat. The sauce can be kept in an airtight container for up to three days if making ahead. For serving, keep them warm in your slow cooker, in a Dutch oven over low heat, or in a fondue pot.
Tex-Mex Meatballs in Red Chile Sauce
Recipe: Tex-Mex Meatballs in Red Chile Sauce
These zesty meatballs are a true taste of the Southwest, with poblano peppers, corn chips, lime juice, and red chile enchilada sauce. Prepared with ground chuck, these are a rich, delicious way to fill a tortilla full of flavor. Let guests doctor their own plates with crunchy, colorful toppings including Cotija cheese, radishes, and avocado. If you prefer to prepare early, these also freeze beautifully, so you can always have some on hand. Savor the sensations of Southwest flavors with these Tex-Mex Meatballs in Red Chile Sauce.
Italian-Style Turkey Meatball Soup
Try our easy take on traditional Italian wedding soup. Stir baby spinach into the hot soup; it wilts in just about a minute and adds color. Or sub any herbs or baby greens you have on hand, and add more or less red pepper to vary the level of heat.
Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup
Recipe: Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup
This hearty twist on chicken noodle soup features small grains of orzo pasta and savory chicken meatballs.
Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
For a cool, crunchy slider topping, toss thinly sliced celery and fresh parsley leaves with a splash of Champagne vinegar and drizzle of olive oil. Season with table salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Great-Grandma Turano's Meatballs
Recipe: Great-Grandma Turano's Meatballs
We're always looking for a good meatball recipe, so we had to share this one from Jenny Rosenstrach's charming new cookbook, Dinner: A Love Story. And, of course, we gave it a Southern spin.
Recipe: Cranberry Meatballs
Making these meatballs ahead and freezing them is a great way to save time during the holiday months.
Recipe: Chipotle-Barbecue Meatballs
Start with a package of frozen meatballs and cook in the slow cooker with bottled barbecue sauce and cherry preserves for this easy, 5-ingredient appetizer.
Recipe: Meatball Stew
Frozen foods can make stews a snap to prepare. Keep frozen mixed vegetables and meatballs in your freezer to pull out for this stew at any time. Pantry staples beef broth, canned tomato sauce, and Italian seasoning help keep the prep time of this dish down to 5 minutes.
Monster Meatball Sandwiches
Recipe: Monster Meatball Sandwiches
These 5-ingredient, money-saving mini sandwiches will satisfy the heartiest of appetites. Using premade frozen meatballs keeps preparation swift and simple.