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Lydia's Meatballs

Lydia's Meatballs

The Classic Meatball, sure to be a favorite.
  • Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 30 minutes at 375° (to internal temp 165°) 7 minutes on Broil to finish ,if desired


  • 2 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 med onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½c flat (Italian) parsley
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cups cool water (divided)
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (use sliced white bread, some ends of Italian bread, or even one plain English muffin)
  • 2 med eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiana
  • 2 T kosher salt, divided
  • 2 T fresh ground black pepper, divided


  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Cover a rimmed cookie sheet with foil, spray lightly with non-stick spray or olive oil
  3. Place the ground meat into a bowl
  4. Process the carrot, onion, garlic, parsley: pulse until finely chopped
  5. Heat olive oil until shimmering and empty the processor bowl into the pan, don’t rinse the processor yet
  6. Add 1T salt and 2T pepper; saute vegetables on medium, stirring often
  7. Let veggies soften and lightly color, then add 1 cup cool water and scrape up any stuck veggies; cook 3 minutes more
  8. Remove from heat and let cool (so they don’t cook the ground beef when you mix everything up in the bowl)
  9. Into your processor: breadcrumbs, 1 cup water, eggs, parmigiana, process until smooth
  10. Pour over the ground meat
  11. Add 1T Kosher salt and 1T ground pepper
  12. Add the sautéed veggies to the bowl and mix everything up gently; breaking up the pieces of meat, moving your hands around the edges of the bowl to lift and mix until well blended.
  13. Form 2” meatballs, keep your hands moist to make it roll smoothly. You should get around 20 meatballs
  14. Roast meatballs for 25 minutes, internal temperature should be 165 degrees, if not, roast a few more minutes
  15. If you want, broil for 5 minutes to brown them a bit
  16. Put into your tomato sauce, or serve with ricotta on Italian bread
  17. Store leftover meatballs in the refrigerator, or freeze them; heat up to internal temperature of 165

chef lydia demonstrates her cooking skills
The Chef
DeBragga's Corporate Chef - Lydia Liebchen