February 06, 2014


Very tasty option to go along with that traditional pasta dish!

servings: 20 units
time: 1:30 hour

1 pound ground beef
½ package French onion soup/cream mix
½ onion, finely chopped
3 crushed garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
1 slice of white bread
¼ cup milk
1 whole egg
½ cup chopped parsley and/or chives
all purpose flour (about 1 cup, total)
tomato sauce, ready (about 4 cups)

1 – In a bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, onion soup mix, onion and garlic.
2 – Soak the bread in milk and add to the mixture.
3 – Add egg, flour (about 5 tbs.), parsley and mix well with your hands, until it forms a consistent mixture.
4 – Using your hands, shape the meatballs the size you like.
5 – In a deep plate, put about 3 tbs. of flour with a pinch of salt and roll the meatballs, pressing lightly with your hands (this will prevent the meatballs from breaking apart while cooking).
6 – In a large saucepan, heat the tomato sauce of your choice and add the meatballs.
7 – Cover and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring gently from time to time.

Tips and Options
  • Add more or less flour to the mixture so that it is consistent and easy to shape.
  • To make meatballs stuffed with cheese, cut mozzarella into cubes and add to the center while shaping them.
  • Many meatball recipe's combine more than one type of meat (e.g., beef and pork). For a lighter option, use ground chicken or turkey breast.

Original recipe (in Portuguese):

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