Classic Meatballs

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Italian Comfort Food

By The Editors of Saveur

Published 2015

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There are a lot of ingredients in traditional meatballs—several meats, herbs, a variety of spices, milk, cheese, and more—but the results are a study in perfect balance. Moist, salty, and airy, with a tiny bit of heat from chile flakes, these meatballs epitomize Italian comfort food.


  • 10 oz. ground beef chuck or veal
  • 10 oz. ground pork shoulder


  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, pork fat, prosciutto, parsley, oregano, fennel seeds, chile flakes, cumin, allspice, and bread crumbs and season generously with salt and pepper. Using your fingers, mix ingredients until combined and set aside. In a bowl, whisk together ricotta, milk, and eggs; add to meat mixture and gently mix until incorporated. Chill for 1 hour.