What You Need
2 lbs. ground meat of your choice; turkey, veal, pork, chicken, buffalo, beef, etc.
2 tablespoons of either or a combination of: dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands. Mix well but don't overmix or you will end up with dense meatballs. If the mixture does not stick together, add a little more tomato sauce a tablespoon at a time.
2. Form the meat mixture into balls about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Don't pack them too tight.
3. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
4. Serve the meatballs over pasta and sauce.
You could try adding chopped vegetables such as onions, peppers, and eggplant for more flavor. You can also cook the meatballs in a skillet for 7 to 8 minutes if you don't want to use an oven.
This recipe can be easily halved.
(Images: Kathryn Hill)