Meatball Recipes & Ideas
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Make-Ahead, Freeze-Ahead Recipe: Spiced Lamb MeatballsRecipes
Meatballs! At big dinner parties and potlucks, meatballs seem to cause a stampede like nothing else. They’re crowd-friendly, kid-friendly — and so convenient. Many of you ask frequently about meals to make ahead and freeze, and honestly, meatballs are at the top of my list. These meatballs are my all-time favorite: Warmly spiced with garam masala, fragrant with onion, ginger, and garlic, and so tender and juicy. These are also my ultimate make-ahead meal.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Easy Weeknight MeatballsRecipes
Have you ever wanted to make your own homemade meatballs? It’s super easy and doesn’t take that long. Let us show you how!
Jan 29, 2020
Summer Entertaining Recipe: Turkey Pesto Meatballs with Homemade Tomato SauceRecipes
Here’s why you need to serve meatballs in the summer: they come together quickly, reheat in a flash, and make the perfect potluck dish. These meatballs are lighter than the traditional beef variety and burst with a kick of pesto flavor and Parmesan. Served with an incredibly easy homemade tomato sauce and individual toothpicks, they’ll be your entertaining staple year round.When hosting a big crowd, I tend to bulk up on the number of dishes to serve for appetizers.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Lamb Meatballs with Lemon SauceRecipes
Behold, a bright and sunny main dish that’s perfect for any spring celebration! These tender and flavorful meatballs, napped in a tangy, lemony sauce, are not only delicious, they’re appropriate for a Passover Seder, Easter dinner, or even just tonight’s main course. While Hanukkah and Thanksgiving only coincide once in a blue moon, Passover and Easter often overlap on the spring calendar.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Quick Turkey Meatballs Over GreensRecipes
Consider this your spaghetti and meatballs without the spaghetti. I was craving some hearty, saucy meatballs but wanted something less weighty than the traditional bowl of pasta. So I made delicious little turkey meatballs and piled them on a green bed of kale. Who needs spaghetti? This was surprisingly quick and easy, and you get your veggies too. Meatballs are a great main dish, with or without pasta, and my family and I didn’t miss the spaghetti one bit.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Thai Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry SauceRecipes
If you thought meatballs were reserved for spaghetti and marinara sauce, think again. This one-pot meal will change the way you see meatballs. The combination of lean and tender chicken meatballs and a spiced sauce, plus all the ingredients you love in Thai food — like warm curry, ginger, cilantro, basil, coconut milk, and more — bring big flavor to weeknight dinner.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce (Albondigas al Chipotle)Recipes
Most small homestyle restaurants in Mexico City serve a variation of this dish — hearty meatballs smothered in a smoky tomato sauce, with lots of warm tortillas for sopping it all up. Occasionally it’s the star in the three-course, economically priced meal called comida corrida, a lunchtime tradition in the city.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Nigella Lawson’s Thai Turkey MeatballsRecipes
There’s been a jar of Thai green curry paste lurking in the back of my pantry for ages. Ages. Resolved to use it, I even brought it with me when I moved from Iowa back to New York. So when I opened up Nigella Lawson’s new book, “Simply Nigella,” and discovered this cheery dish that prominently features green Thai curry paste, I knew this is what this jar was waiting for.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Meatballs in the Slow CookerRecipes
Meatballs in the slow cooker are a gorgeous thing. They’re gently simmered, so the meatballs stay tender while the sauce becomes luscious and rich. Whether they’re being served over spaghetti for a weeknight dinner or piled onto a meatball sub at a Saturday potluck, these slow-cooker meatballs are going to be a hit — guaranteed. Slow-cooker meatballs are really more of a cooking technique than a recipe.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Classic Swedish Meatballs with Sour Cream GravyRecipes
What is a Swedish meatball? Köttbullar, like all traditional recipes, have thousands of variations, but what nearly all Swedish meatballs have in common is that they are made of ground pork and beef, use bread and milk as a binder, are covered with a rich gravy, and are served with lingonberry jam. With this recipe we’re sticking with tradition and delivering meatballs spiced, fried, and sauced to perfection.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: One-Pot 30-Minute Zoodles and MeatballsRecipes
The beauty of using spiralized veggies as a substitute for pasta is that they don’t need to be cooked separately. Just throw them right into the pan and in just a few minutes, they’re soft and ready to be twirled on a fork. Using spiralized zucchini and frozen, cooked meatballs means that you can make this twist on spaghetti and meatballs in just one pot and in less than 30 minutes. Versatility is the name of the game with this one-pot dinner.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Turkey Meatballs with Parmesan and SageRecipes
The easiest way to get your fill of turkey at Friendsgiving and your office Thanksgiving.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour MeatballsRecipes
Show up at your next potluck with a big pot of meatballs, swimming in a glossy sweet and tangy sauce, and everyone’s going to be excited. That’s just what meatballs have the power to do. They’re simmered and served from the slow cooker, which can be plopped down on the appetizer table next to the cheese and crackers, or served up as a main course.
Jan 29, 2020
Miracle Meal: Sheet Pan Gnocchi, Meatballs, and GiardinieraRecipes
This particular Miracle Meal is special to me because it’s inspired by my 6-year-old’s love of pickles (that, and my colleague Sheela’s crispy sheet pan gnocchi). That’s right — gnocchi, pickled vegetables, and frozen meatballs are cooked together on a single sheet pan, creating an unlikely yet delicious dinner that boasts all the comfort of pasta, richness from meatballs, and acidity and heat from pickled vegetables.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic MeatballsRecipes
Add a slow cooker full of glossy, sweet-and-savory meatballs to your appetizer spread (or serve them up for dinner), and it’s all but guaranteed they’ll be gone in seconds. It’s just one of the reasons I keep meatballs stashed in the freezer at all times. Combined with a few pantry staples and plenty of pungent garlic, the whole thing cooks up with a full-flavored sticky sauce — and, best of all, the slow cooker does most of the work.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Whole30 Italian Meatballs with MarinaraRecipes
One of the most valuable things I learned during a round of Whole30 is to seek out the foods and recipes you want to eat, and then find a way to make them Whole30-compliant. For me, herb-flecked Italian meatballs were at the top of the list. As it turns out, making a grain-free, dairy-free version is surprisingly easy, and they’re just as irresistibly tender and delicious as the classic.
Jan 29, 2020
How To Make Better-than-IKEA Swedish MeatballsRecipes
Swedish meatballs are one of the easiest, most delicious ways to switch up your weeknight meatball routine. Unlike their Italian counterpart, Swedish meatballs are warmly spiced (think: nutmeg and allspice) and simmered in a creamy gravy, perfect for ladling over mashed potatoes or egg noodles. These meatballs are too good to only be enjoyed inside the IKEA food court. Here’s how you can make an even better version any night of the week.
Jan 29, 2020
5 Cheap & Easy Meals That All Start with a Bag of Frozen MeatballsRecipes
Welcome to Snapshot Cooking, the home of Kitchn’s easiest recipes. These mini recipes are so simple you can practically cook from the before-and-after snapshot itself. Meatballs are the ultimate family meal. You can make them with any type of protein, add noodles or veggies, and know that everyone (even the fussy toddler) enjoys them.
Jan 29, 2020
Recipe: Sicilian Meatball StuffingRecipes
"Raisins and meat together?" they would always ask. "What are you making?"
Jan 29, 2020
I Made My Grandma’s Swedish Meatballs Using Beyond Beef Groceries
Here's how it went!
Jan 15, 2020
This Meatball Soup Will Make Winter So Much Better
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Make a big pot tonight — you’ll be very glad you did.
Dec 2, 2019
I Tried 8 Bags of Frozen Turkey Meatballs and Now These Are the Only Ones I’ll Buy
Taste Test
If you're not ready to go cold turkey on turkey by the end of the week, these are the ones to go for.
Nov 25, 2019
Rustic Chicken Piccata Meatballs Are a Delicious Take on a Classic
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Raise your hand if you're also making this tonight!
Oct 9, 2019
All of Our Best Meatball Recipes All in Once Place
Kitchn Recipe Round Up
Here are all of our meatball recipes together in one place.
Sep 11, 2019
10 Ways to Turn Frozen Meatballs into an Easy Weeknight DinnerSkills
Keeping meatballs stashed in the freezer makes last-minute dinners a breeze.
Sep 12, 2019
This Crispy, Crunchy Noodle Bowl with Meatballs Is Supremely RefreshingRecipes
Ken Concepcion and Michelle Mungcal, owners of L.A.’s Now Serving cookbook and culinary shop love this recipe because it lets them use all the bounty from California farmers markets.
Aug 1, 2019
Party Recipe: Lamb Meatball Sliders with Chimichurri and Crispy ShallotsRecipes
For my Winter Glam Cocktail Party, I knew there needed to be a hearty appetizer on the menu, something substantial and filling but still easy to fit on a small plate. I settled on meatball sliders, but wanted a more elegant option than the traditional tomato sauce-based meatballs.
Jun 9, 2019
These Cauliflower Meatballs Are a Creative Twist on a ClassicRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. Here’s one for all you folks out there trying to cut down on carbs and eat more plant-based meals without sacrificing flavor: Kung Pao cauliflower meatballs, a creative (and vegetarian!) twist on a classic. If you love Chinese takeout, then you’ll be on board with this healthyish upgrade.
May 29, 2019
What’s the Best Way to Reheat Meatballs and Keep Them Warm?Skills
Q: I’m planning to make ahead your Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs for Easter. What is the best way to reheat and keep the meatballs warm throughout the party? Sent by Beth Editor: Personally, I’d warm the meatballs at 300°F on a baking sheet or casserole dish until warmed through. To keep them warm, your best bet is probably leaving them in a slow-cooker on the “warm” setting. Readers, what do you suggest?
May 2, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making MeatballsSkills
Tender, juicy meatballs are a supper to celebrate. Pick your favorite blend of meat and a sauce to match, and everyone is happy. But achieving meatball perfection has its tricks and potential pitfalls. Here are five common mistakes to avoid so you can make the meatballs of your dreams. If you forget to season the meat when you’re blending the mixture together, expect them to fall flat on flavor.
May 1, 2019
Yes, You Should Bake Your Spaghetti & MeatballsRecipes
A plate of spaghetti and meatballs is already one of the most comforting dishes you can make, but let’s take things one step further. Let’s put everything in a baking dish, top it with mozzarella, and bake it until it’s all crispy and golden-brown. Are you with me? This is a great way to feed this classic dinner dish to a crowd.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Mexican Meatball SubsRecipes
Meatball sandwiches are one of those hearty meals that I don’t mind eating as a filling lunch or for dinner — whenever the craving hits for some comfort food. Marinara sauce and mozzarella are a classic combination, but with the help of some enchilada sauce and Monterey Jack cheese, these meatballs can go in a spicy Mexican direction instead.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Upside-Down Meatball BowlRecipes
The most popular base for a dinner bowl in my household is always the same: pasta. My husband has the love of pasta in his blood, and he would be perfectly happy with a massive plate of spaghetti and meatballs every night. While I share his love of pasta, I don’t want a big bowl of it every night. I’ve found that saucy meatballs and bolognese can be very good on vegetables instead. But you don’t have to give up the pasta entirely; just flip the bowl!
May 1, 2019
I Want to Dive into This Skillet of Ravioli and MeatballsRecipes
Spaghetti and meatballs is a comfort food classic, but today we’re taking things one step further by swapping out the spaghetti for ravioli. Little pockets of pasta filled with spinach and ricotta? Yeah, I’d say that’s a definite upgrade. This recipe strikes a good balance between homemade and store-bought. While there are instructions for making your own tomato sauce and meatballs from scratch, you get a pass with the pre-made ravioli.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Smoky Mozzarella Pasta and Meatball BakeRecipes
There’s so much to love about the classic Italian-American combination of pasta and meatballs — the simplicity, the ease of customization, and the absolutely delicious way it perfumes your house with cozy smells. This time around, double down on everything you love about this combo in the form of a baked casserole to serve the hungriest of crowds. To keep things interesting we’re introducing a smoky element with the addition of canned, fire-roasted tomatoes.
May 1, 2019
These General Tso’s Chicken Meatballs Are Something to Look Forward toRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites.General Tso’s chicken can satisfy virtually any craving. It’s sweet, sour, tangy, salty, spicy, and savory all at the same time. It’s one of my favorite things to order, because I know how much I’m going to enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. It’s also surprisingly easy to make at home.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Weeknight Teriyaki Meatball BowlsRecipes
Keeping a bag of meatballs in the freezer means a quick meal is never far away, but that doesn’t mean it always has to be spaghetti and meatballs or meatball subs. Yes, frozen meatballs do tend to be Italian flavored, but the seasoning is usually mild enough that we can easily change their flavor profile.
May 1, 2019
You Can Make These Vegetarian Meatballs in 30 MinutesRecipes
Turning meat-dominate meals into hearty vegetarian options is nothing new. I mean, it’s 2018, after all. You can get a veggie burger that looks like it’s bleeding, there’s a “meatloaf” that’s secretly just made out of nuts, and you can sub cauliflower for steak if that’s more your speed. Vegetarians and plant-lovers alike have been super creative in the kitchen in the last few years. and the results have mostly been delicious.
May 1, 2019
These Meatballs in Dijon Gravy Are Dinner GoalsRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. It’s always useful to have meatballs around. They freeze easily and work in any number of dinners, make-ahead lunches, and quick snacks. Plus, kids love them. And meatballs shine in any kind of preparation, from classic red sauce and spaghetti to this clever Dijon mustard gravy.
Apr 30, 2019
Slow Cooker Honey-Chipotle Meatballs Are a Party WinRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. I always get excited whenever I see a slow cooker full of miniature meatballs at a party. Next to deviled eggs, they’re some of the most versatile party hors d’oeuvres you can serve.
Feb 27, 2019
Make These Creamy Chipotle Butter Chicken Meatballs ASAPRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. Meatballs do not get nearly enough recognition as a make-at-home meal. I grew up eating meatballs at practically every big family gathering, but now that I’m an adult with a house and stove of my own, I almost never make meatballs. My Italian grandmother would be horrified.
Dec 18, 2018
This Is the Best Way to Make Crock-Pot MeatballsRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. We are in peak holiday potluck season, and whenever I go to a party where all the guests bring dishes to share, I always head straight for the Crock-Pot meatballs.
Dec 12, 2018
These Glazed Meatballs Are the Ultimate Party FoodRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. Any food that can be eaten with a toothpick gets bonus points, as far as I’m concerned. No one wants to wander around a party trying to keep track of a fork — I have enough trouble keeping track of my wine glass without having to bring utensils into it.
Nov 7, 2018
Cauliflower Mash with Meatballs and Gravy Is a Dinner WinRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. When I first came across this recipe from Ev’s Eats I did a double take. There is absolutely no way that those meatballs aren’t resting on a glorious bed of fluffy mashed potatoes, right? Right? Well, my friends, I was very wrong. These meatballs are not, in fact, resting on a glorious bed of fluffy mashed potatoes.
Oct 15, 2018
These Firecracker Chicken Meatballs Will Be a Fan FavoriteRecipes
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. If you’re looking for a way to spice up the dinner rotation this week, we’ve got you covered with these sweet-yet-spicy firecracker chicken meatballs from Little Spice Jar.
Jun 26, 2018
These Honey-Sriracha Meatballs Make Meal Prep EasyRecipes
There are two types of people who do weekly meal prep. The first is the health-conscious person who’s counting something (calories, protein, sugar) to make sure they hit their target goals for the day. The other type of person is the one who wants to simplify their morning routine and save a buck on lunch so they aren’t continuously spending the cash to eat out. Good news! When it comes to this recipe, it doesn’t matter which category you fit in, as it appeases both.
Feb 16, 2018
Make These Smitten Kitchen Chicken Marsala Meatballs ASAPRecipes
If you love chicken marsala, you’ve got to try this smart twist on the classic dish. Instead of pounding chicken breast until thin and dredging it in flour, you can quickly whip up a batch of these mini meatballs. Made with ground chicken and simmered in a creamy sauce, this is weeknight comfort food at its finest. This ingenious idea comes from Deb Perelman‘s new cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, via Tracy Benjamin at Shutterbean.
Nov 14, 2017
These Mini Chicken Parm Meatballs Are Cute and DeliciousRecipes
Raise your hand if you love chicken Parmesan. The combination of pan-fried chicken, melted mozzarella, and warm tomato sauce is a tried-and-true classic. This recipe, however, takes that trio and turns it on its head. Instead of serving individual chicken breasts for dinner tonight, try making these mini meatballs instead. This dish is basically the love child of meatballs with marinara sauce and chicken Parmesan.
Aug 21, 2017
These Chicken Meatballs Have a Cheesy Surprise InsideRecipes
When meatballs are on the menu, you know you’re in for a homey, comforting meal. But when those meatballs are stuffed with mozzarella, well, I’d say you’ve just taken dinner to a whole new level. Now, before you worry that stuffing cheese inside meatballs leans a bit too decadent, let me add that these particular meatballs are made with ground chicken instead of beef. So it all evens out in the end, right?
Mar 30, 2017
Cozy Up with a Bowl of These Baked Chicken Parm MeatballsRecipes
If you’re on the hunt for a warm, comforting meal to serve your family this winter, look no further than this bowl of creamy polenta with baked chicken meatballs. This recipe is ideal for a weeknight. The meatballs are baked, which means you don’t need to stand over the stove browning them. You simply combine the ingredients in a bowl, form the mixture into balls, and place the meatballs on a baking sheet before letting them do their thing in the oven.
Feb 6, 2017
Your Next Dinner Project Should Be These Bacon Bourbon MeatballsRecipes
While there’s nothing wrong with using frozen store-bought meatballs on a hectic weeknight, there’s one big benefit to making your own from scratch: bacon. Yes, these homemade meatballs have bacon in them — and they’re served in bourbon BBQ sauce, for good measure. Set aside some extra time to whip these up soon. These meatballs require a few steps, but they’re really not difficult to make.
Oct 25, 2016
You Don’t Have to Go to IKEA for the Best Swedish MeatballsRecipes
If you’re a fan of the Swedish meatballs at IKEA, you’re going to love this recipe. And if you’re incapable of not buying a bunch of stuff you don’t need every time you step foot into IKEA, like me, then you’re really going to love this recipe because you can make it from the comfort of your own (IKEA-furnished) home. The key to success here is the sauce, which is made right in the skillet where you brown the meatballs.
Sep 19, 2016
Recipe: Grilled Meatball KebabsRecipes
Here’s a dinner you can make with three ingredients (or four ingredients, if you count the smoky hint from the grill). Use your favorite purchased meatballs, your favorite barbecue sauce, and a few sweet bell peppers to make this meal in 15 minutes. You can probably do it in 10 if you really hustle. Frozen meatballs work like a dream here. Once the meatballs are thawed enough to easily thread onto a skewer, these kebabs are basically ready for the grill.
Jul 22, 2016
Garlic Bread Is the Best Vessel for a Meatball SubRecipes
A bowl of spaghetti and meatballs with a side of garlic bread is the epitome of comfort food. If you’re looking to combine all the best elements of this classic Italian meal, I’ve got just the sandwich for you. Yes, these meatball subs are made with garlic bread rolls. You brush garlic-infused butter on the outside and inside of some fresh rolls, and bake them in the oven until they’re slightly crisp and golden-brown.
Dec 14, 2015
The Best Way to Reheat MeatballsSkills
Whether they’re made with beef, pork, lamb, or turkey, meatballs are supremely satisfying and have a way of making dinner more comforting. While they can certainly be made during the week, I prefer to make a big batch on Sunday afternoon. I tuck some away in the freezer, and pop the rest in the fridge to reheat for dinner.
Sep 23, 2015
Bloody Mary Meatballs Are the Ultimate Brunch FoodRecipes
Bloody Marys — along with other hangover-friendly items, like greasy bacon and crispy homefries — make regular appearances on most brunch menus. So why not take the essential flavors of a Bloody Mary and incorporate them into a meatball? If that’s not killing two birds, I don’t know what is. The meatball mixture has horseradish, tomato paste, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and celery salt — all the makings of a good Bloody Mary.
Sep 4, 2015
This Meatball Skillet Recipe Is All About the Cheesy StringsRecipes
Enchiladas, cheese-stuffed garlic bread, lasagna, and this meatball skillet – they all have one important thing in common: cheesy strings. You know what I’m talking about. You notice it most when you’re scrolling around Pinterest and you see a gorgeous photo for a recipe where there’s a fork pulling some of the food out of the dish, resulting in lots of gooey cheese strings. Beautiful, right? This meatball skillet is the perfect vehicle for your cheese obsession.
May 1, 2015
Weeknight Meals Are Made for Meatballs and OrzoRecipes
This simple riff on a the classic spaghetti and meatballs is an easy meal you can make on any given weeknight. There’s a ton of flavor in the sausage meatballs, great texture with the orzo and sundried tomatoes, and some hearty greens to bind the whole thing together. I like that this recipe doesn’t require a lot of pots and pans to make, too. Besides cooking the orzo in a pot, you really only need one pan to get the whole thing to come together. Makes doing dishes a lot easier.
Feb 19, 2015
How Many Sides Does a Meatball Have, Anyway?Skills
Q: Now that winter is upon us, and I foresee many hearty meatballs in the weekly repertoire, I’d like to ask a seemingly obvious question: When instructions say to brown meatballs “X minutes per side,” how many sides should be done? Two or four? Would it differ based on the size of the meatball (four for larger ones)? I’d love to know what everyone’s go-to is, as this instruction is very common but rarely gives specifics.
Dec 10, 2014
6 Tips for Making the Best MeatballsSkills
Meatballs are an inexpensive blank canvas — take ground meat, add some seasonings, form into cute little balls, and cook! Whether you like them crispy, glazed, or simmered in sauce, they’re super versatile and delicious. Here are a few tips on putting them together and cooking them to guarantee tasty meatballs every time you make them!
Aug 28, 2014
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Meatballs
May 2, 2018
The Easiest Classic Meatballs
The Easiest Classic Meatballs
Jul 5, 2018