Italian Style Meatballs

Meatballs are fun to eat and so easy to make, you will have no excuse not to have them sitting on your table at least once a week. This base recipe can be spiced up any way you want with herbs, sauces, and spices.

Meatballs that are Asian-themed, Tex-Mex, Swedish, or tossed in a sweet barbecue sauce all work, so double up the recipe and experiment with something different every time.

 

Serving size

1 serving

Makes

4 servings

Prep time: 15min
Cook time: 35min
Total: 50min

Ingredients

Olive oil cooking spray

12 ounces lean ground beef

1 egg

2 tablespoons bread crumbs

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Pinch of black pepper, freshly grounded

Nutrition Info

Makes: 4 servings  Serving size: 1 serving

Calories

161

Fat

6 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

102 mg

Carbohydrates

3 g

Sugar

0 g

Fiber

0 g

Protein

21 g

Sodium

145 mg

Calcium

45 mg

Phosphorus

213 mg

Potassium

321 mg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, mustard, and pepper.
  4. Form the meat mixture into small (1-inch) meatballs, and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake until browned, turning several times, about 35 minutes.
  6. Serve hot.

Dijon mustard adds a unique flavor to any dish, but it has about 115 mg of sodium per teaspoon. If you want to reduce the sodium in this recipe to under 100 mg per serving, use ¼ teaspoon dried mustard instead.