Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs
Add Italian Meatballs to spaghetti, stews, soups or eat all by themselves.

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Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Yields: 24 meatballs | Serving size: 2 meatballs | Calories: 136 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fats: 2 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 53 mg |Sodium: 120 mg | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Dietary fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 11 g | SmartPoints: 4 |


  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 cups whole wheat panko, or whole wheat bread crumbs, click here for recipe
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 eggs


Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shape mixture into (24) 1" meatballs.

When cooking meatballs, add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet, turn to medium heat and cook until brown on both sides and cooked through. Note: If adding meatballs to a slow cooker recipe, brown as instructed but do not cook through as they will continue cooking while in the slow cooker.

14 Comments on "Italian Meatballs"

  1. Deanna  January 13, 2013

    I used ground chicken. My family really enjoyed them. I will definitely make these again. Thank you!

  2. Villavici  September 15, 2013

    can these be baked in the oven instead of in a frying pan? I usually brown my meatballs on 425 in oven before adding them to my sauce.

  3. jennifer  October 17, 2013

    Is that grated parmesan cheese that comes in a little can and you shake it out?

    • Skinny Ms.  October 18, 2013

      Jennifer, I buy the block parmesan and grate it myself. You can always buy the pre-grated as well.

    • Heidi  February 5, 2017

      That’s really processed & unhealthy. If your local market sells fresh cheese they can grate it for you.

  4. Ashley  April 16, 2014

    These are delicious!! I baked them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. I will definitely make these again.

  5. Naomi  January 2, 2015

    I also used ground chicken, only I added a Tablespoon of Basil and a tad extra Oregano. I also grated in a quarter cup of onion and incorporated a teaspoon and one half of Kosher Salt. They turned out divine, though one peculiarity is this recipe claims that it makes 24 1" meatballs. I made 46 1" meatballs with the exact recipe written above. That's the only oddity I uncovered; the flavor was absolutely magnificent though and I'm very appreciative for this recipe. My girlfriend served me chicken meatballs from Costco that were really yummy, and I thought, "Hmmm…I bet I can make these myself for a lot cheaper." Your recipe helped me accomplish that. Cheers!

  6. Jerri  February 18, 2015

    My family LOVED these meatballs. I am happy they are health and they taste amazing! Other meatballs I have made were very dry. I could never get meatballs right but now I have a go to meatball recipe thank you 🙂 The only change I made was add 1/8 of skim milk to the mixture. I went on a website to calculate the new nutrition . I can't stop smiling

  7. Wendy  January 24, 2016

    Do you think these could be frozen before cooking?

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Wendy, Definitely! I make the meatballs, freeze them, then defrost in the fridge the night before cooking. Easy and delicious! 🙂

  8. Mary  February 14, 2016

    I used 93% lean ground turkey, omitted the red pepper, added a tablespoon of basil, rolled each meat ball in olive oil, and baked at 350 for 30 minutes. I got 48 1 inch meatballs out of 2 lbs of turkey. They are cooking now, and smell so delish!

  9. Reiko Sugisaka  February 27, 2017

    I would use only 1 cup of bread crumbs and add 1/3 cup of milk to keep it moist. Otherwise, very good.


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