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Not Pop Pop’s Meatball Recipe

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Not Pop Pop’s Meatball Recipe

We love meatballs in this family!

But sometimes we just don’t have time to throw together those all day, slow cooked meatballs.

Or even worse, our freezer stash is gone!

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Everyone meet Pop Pop! 

He also goes by Paco, Padre, Treat Master, The Baby Whisperer and MEATBALL!! 

I’m sad to say that this meatball recipe is NOT Pop Pop’s Meatball Recipe.

Why do I say that?? 

Well with a nickname like Meatball, you might have guessed that his meatball recipe is pretty delish.

So much so that I’ve had friends over for dinner with my parents, asking for him to share even just a tip about his meatballs and the answer is always the same. 

A quiet smile and a firm no!

I’m his daughter, and I’ve been asking for the recipe for going on 20 years and I get the same response. 

That same smile and same firm no!  

He’s left me in the lurch. 

I have all but accepted that I will never know the recipe. 

Not even a hint at it and therefore have had to spend years trying to perfect my own meatballs.  And I’d like to think I did a pretty good job!

I see a meatball cook-off in the future Pop Pop!

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Even better… This recipe only takes 30 minutes total, but you still get that slow simmered meatball taste, which makes them perfect for a fast weeknight dinner!

So, I won’t leave you waiting in agony for years like Padre!  We’ll get right to it!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to make the meatballs!

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients with your hands.

Use a medium sized cookie scoop to portion out your meatballs and roll them in your hands. They don’t need to be rolled and packed too much, unless you like a denser meatball.

Place the rolled meatballs on your baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

When your meatballs are finished in the oven, transfer them to a sauce pan of your favorite sauce. (Keep an eye out for my favorite weeknight marinara!)  

I like to layer sauce and meatballs in the sauce pan.

Simmer the meatballs while you prep the rest of your meal and that’s it!  You’re all set to serve your family a 30 minute meatball recipe that tastes like they slow cooked all day!

Not Pop Pop's Meatball Recipe

Not Pop Pop's Meatball Recipe

Yield: 18
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Perfect 30 minute meatballs that taste like they've been simmering in a sauce all day long!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine all ingredients with your hands
  4. Measure out meatballs with a medium size cookie scoop and gently roll into a ball to form.
  5. Place on your baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
  6. After you take them out of the oven, transfer to a sauce pan with your favorite pasta sauce and simmer while you prep the rest of your meal. *** If you've made a larger batch, the extras can be frozen instead of put into sauce.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 24g

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