Basil Meatballs


When it comes to spaghetti and meatballs, I’m like a five-year-old. I cannot get enough of this American dish. I’ve often told my husband that I could probably eat it every night of the week and never grow tired of it. It’s always so simple to prepare and I have yet to come across a spaghetti that has disappointed me.

As for my spaghetti sauce, I always like to play with the ingredients, including the spices. I tend to throw in a little of this and a little of that and arrive at a deliciously spicy yet sweet sauce that pairs great with ground beef and noodles. I usually brown crumbled ground beef and add it to my sauce; however, last night I decided to change it up a bit. I grabbed the ground beef and then continued to peruse my cupboards and refrigerator to see what else I could throw into the mix to make the perfect meatballs.

With ground beef-covered hands, I put my husband to work grabbing spices and more breadcrumbs to add to the mix until I had the correct consistency and flavor. As he poured more items into the bowl, I mushed them all together and, as a team, we created mighty fine meatballs.

Basil Meatballs


  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Toss the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, basil, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper into a bowl. Mush these ingredients together with your hands until everything is combined.
  2. Remove chunks from the mixture and roll into balls.
  3. Heat olive oil in a saute pan and place 5 meatballs at a time on the hot oil. Keep on heat until cooked through. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  4. Remove meatballs from the oil and place on a paper towel.
  5. Add meatballs to your favorite sauce and enjoy.


  • Reply Maria November 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Love the basil in there!

  • Reply Eliana November 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I'm right there with you on your feeling for spaghetti and meatballs. I absolutely adore the dish and know I would love these meatballs you brought us here today. Basil is the best!

  • Reply doughmesstic November 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    One of my favorite dishes…and yours looks amazing!

  • Reply Tracy November 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I love meatballs. I have yet to find a meatball recipe that my husband and I both like…so I will definitely be trying yours!

  • Reply Jennifer November 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I love spaghetti and meatballs. It's a nice, easy classic dish. These meatballs sound and look amazing. Next time I make pasta, I'm making these to go with it.

  • Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker November 11, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I absolutely adore spaghetti and meatballs. I grew up eating pasta every Sunday and kind of miss that tradition. Need to start it up again!

  • Reply marla {family fresh cooking} November 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    OK, these do look like the perfect meatballs. Yes, this is one recipe I will never tire of :)

  • Reply Trista November 11, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I love meatballs too! This is a fantastic staple recipe to have on hand.
    My husband is part Swedish, so I try to keep the tradition of Swedish Meatballs going for Christmas Eve.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  • Reply naomi November 12, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Love this comfort dish. I'm with you I CANNOT get enough of spaghetti and meatballs. .. love the addition of the basil!

  • Reply Medifast November 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Made your meatballs this morning and they are now in a gravy sauce in the crock pot waiting for dinner, they sure smell good, thanks. They were really nice and easy to make.

  • Reply Shannalee May 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    These meatballs look delicious – and best of all, simple. Love the concept for your site BTW.

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