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44 Must-Make Meatball Recipes

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44 Must-Make Meatball Recipes

Who doesn't love a good plate of meatballs? We think they're just right for so many occasions, be it a simple weeknight meal or a tasty party hors d'oeuvre. And with so many ways to prepare 'em, you could try a different meatball recipe every night and never get bored! From meatball sub recipes to turkey meatballs and even meatballs made in your slow cooker, we've surely got a different meatball recipe for every day of the week.

Meatball Appetizer Recipes

Serving meatballs as an appetizer is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. These cocktail meatball recipes will surely be gobbled up quickly at your next potluck or gathering! 

Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs


Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs: Take a bite out of these meatballs and enjoy the surprise of cheese oozing out of every tasty bite. Our Test Kitchen guarantees these scrumptious Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs won't disappoint.


Glazed MeatballsThese flavorful meatballs will have 'em begging for more! Our Glazed Meatballs give you the best of both worlds with flavors that are a little spicy, a little sweet, and a lot of fabulous!

Spicy Glazed Meatballs


Spicy Glazed Turkey Meatballs: Jalapeno pepper jelly livens up extra-lean ground turkey breast. Get ready for some flavor with our Spicy Glazed Turkey Meatballs.


My Own Italian Meatballs: Spruce up a plate of saucy spaghetti by adding in your very own homemade meatballs. When they ask, tell them "These are My Own Italian Meatballs!"


Slow Cooker Meatballs: Aren't slow cooker recipes the best? For this crowd-pleasing appetizer, all you do is mix together flavorings with prepared frozen meatballs, turn on the slow cooker, and let it go. And when you use a slow cooker liner, there isn't even any cleanup!


Fifteen Minute Meatballs: Looking for a super-quick recipe with ground beef? Let your microwave turn you into a kitchen magician! Our easy Italian-style meatballs can go from prep to the table in just about 15 minutes! Serve it over quick-cooking spaghetti for a fast  weeknight meal that tastes like you fussed.

Chinatown Meatballs


Turkey Stuffing Meatballs

Chinatown Meatballs: This Asian spin on classic meatballs is the perfect dish for you and your gang to wake up those taste buds. Chinatown Meatballs are the perfect combination of sweet and sour that'll be your new favorite dish!


Turkey Stuffing Meatballs: Any time you're longing for the tastes of your favorite holiday dinner, mix up Turkey Stuffing Meatballs. It's easy to get your turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce all rolled into one!

Other easy meatball appetizer recipes: 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


Everybody's Favorite Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

It's hard to think of meatballs without thinking of spaghetti, so we have to include a few of our favorite classic spaghetti and meatball recipes. They're a classic for a reason — so easy and oh-so-good!

Spaghetti with Surprise Meatballs


Traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti with Surprise Meatballs: Spaghetti and meatballs is an easy weeknight meal that we make over and over. Here's a way to take it to a whole new level by adding a secret ingredient to our meatballs. Guess what it is!


Traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs: There's nothing as comforting as good, old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs, just like you grew up eating. Now you can recreate that favorite taste in half the time!


Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs & Spaghetti: We used a secret ingredient in our Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Spaghetti in order to get the big flavor  that this recipe deserves. 


Red Sauce and Meatballs: Mama mia, this is good! Homemade spaghetti sauce doesn't have to simmer all day to be full of flavor. This version does just fine in only 4 hours.

Other great spaghetti and meatballs recipes:

Zesty Spaghetti and Meatballs


Pasta and Meatballs

Family Spaghetti and Meatballs



International Meatball Recipes

From Swedish meatballs to Asian, take a tour of the world's very best meatball recipes right in your own kitchen. And yes, Italian meatballs count as international, too!


Sicilian Turkey Meatballs

Asian Turkey Skillet Rounds: These are no ordinary turkey meatballs! The Asian flavoring puts this dish in a class by itself.  Asian Turkey Skillet Rounds are easy to make and taste great; you'll feel like an international superstar chef!


Sicilian Turkey Meatballs: If you make our Sicilian Turkey Meatballs a day or two in advance, when mealtime comes, you've got dinner in a snap! These are great on their own, over low-carb pasta or even stuffed into a whole-wheat wrap!


Asian Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs: Whether you serve these Swedish Meatballs with a toothpick or you put them over some egg noodles for a lip-smackin' dinner, you'll be transported back in time after just one bite!


Asian Meatballs: Plum sauce gives these meatballs a delightfully authentic Asian sweetness. Asian Meatballs are a delicious fusion-inspired dish that are easy to make and the perfect mix of sweet and savory.

Meatball Sandwich Recipes

Whether for game day or an easy anytime supper, meatball sub recipes will always come in handy. We've got some super ideas for you, from classic to creative!

Italian Meatball Subs


Classic Meatball Subs: If you love Italian food, then you'll love our tasty homemade Classic Meatball Subs that are as at home on a hoagie roll as they are atop a plate of spaghetti! 


Sicilian Meatball Sandwiches: Nothing's more satisfying than a thick hot meatball sandwich bursting with fill-ya-up satisfaction - and this one's got it all! Sicilian Meatball Sandwiches are a little messy but a lot tasty!


Mama Mia's Meatball Bake: Thanks to a few shortcuts, you can have Mama Mia's Meatball Bake on the table in no time. This is a cheesy, easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love!


Open Faced Meatball Sandwiches: Get your knife and fork out for this hearty sandwich. This meatball mixture is spooned over Texas toast and covered with two types of cheese. You won't want to miss a bite!

Other great meatball hero recipes:

Italian Meatball Subs


Sloppy Joe Meatball Hoagies

Mighty Meatball Sandwiches


Hot Shot Meatball Hoagie Buffet

Shortcut Meatball Hoagies



Meatball Soup Recipes

Give your chili routine a break with one of these meaty soup recipes. That's right, meatballs in your soup is the way to go! From classic wedding soup to a hearty Southwestern version, you'll love 'em all.

Southwestern Meatball Soup


Southwestern Meatball Soup: Meatballs aren't just for spaghetti and submarine sandwiches! Bowl your gang over with this easy homemade Southwest-style meatball soup that goes from stovetop to table in minutes. Southwestern Meatball Soup will warm them up in a jiffy!


Mama Marie's Wedding Soup: You're gonna want to grab the biggest ladle in the house when you make Mama Marie's Wedding Soup, 'cause this one's the perfect marriage of tastes and textures. Between the meatballs and the fresh greens, we can't decide what we like best!

More meatball soup recipes:



Meatball and Shells Stew


Meatball Minestrone

Meatball 'n' Rice Soup


Italian Wedding Soup

More Meals with Meatballs

Think beyond just spaghetti and meatballs with one of these uniquely tasty ideas. Yep, there are so many flavors to explore in meatballs, from cola meatballs to homestyle Amish meatballs made with sausage.

Meatball Stroganoff


Meatball Stroganoff: Stroganoff sounds fancy but, by using prepared meatballs, we don't have to save it for company anymore, 'cause it cooks up tasty...and fast!


Cola Meatballs: What?! Yes, you read it right. There's cola in these meatballs. Try 'em for an unexpected, and unexpectedly satisfying, dinnertime taste.


Amish Sausage Balls: This Pennsylvania Dutch recipe for Amish Sausage Balls is so versatile! Whether as a crowd-pleasing appetizer or as a robust main dish, the Amish country flavors come through as loud and clear as the sound of a horse and buggy coming down a country road.


Meatballs and Sunday Sauce: These Old World Italian-style meatballs are the secret family recipe of guest chef Daniel Mancini, who shared his grandmother's special recipe  with us for what he calls Mama Mancinis Meatballs with Sunday Sauce.  These are good enough to eat solo!


Meatball Calzone: When you can't decide if you want a sandwich or pizza, have both! This hot and hearty Meatball Calzone has it all.  It's a doughy pocket of meaty, cheesy, saucy deliciousness made fresh from readily-available ingredients you can find at your local grocery store.


Meatball Cacciatore: Treat your family to an Italian-style dinner with this easy recipe for Meatball Cacciatore. Maryann, who sent us this recipe from Florida, uses frozen meatballs to cut prep and cooking time in half, so her family can get to eating this flavorful dish even faster!

More easy meatball recipes:



Meatball Quesadillas


Porcupine Meatballs



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I cannot find the Meatball Soup recipe that was on KFVS12 our local TV station several years ago. I printed off the recipe at the time, but can not find it now.


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