Basil Meatballs

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


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.


  1. 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!

  2. One of my favorite dishes...and yours looks amazing!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

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

  10. 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.

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


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