Catelli's Mini Summer Meatballs

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
40 meatballs


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage

  • 1 ½ cup ricotta cheese (12 ounces)

  • 1 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup fresh minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 recipe(s) Domenica's Simple Tomato-Garlic Sauce; or 2 to 4 cups other jarred sauce

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Domenica's Simple Tomato-Garlic Sauce

  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large bowl combine egg, beef, sausage, ricotta cheese, panko, onion, the 1/2 cup Parmesan, the garlic, thyme, parsley, and salt with hands. Form mixture into forty 1-1/2-inch meatballs.

  2. Heat an extra-large cast-iron skillet with olive oil. Brown meatballs, half at a time, in hot skillet about 10 minutes per batch. Return all meatballs to skillet. Bake for 10 minutes or until done (160°F).

  3. Spoon sauce into two small cast-iron skillets or serving dishes (cast-iron skillets can be heated or kept warm on a grill). Place baked meatballs in sauce, turning to coat. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and the 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Serve meatballs with bamboo skewers.

Domenica's Simple Tomato-Garlic Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan cook garlic and crushed red pepper in hot oil over medium heat for 1 minute. (Do not let garlic brown, which causes it to develop a bitter taste.) Stir in tomatoes and salt. Bring sauce to boiling. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

217 Calories
16g Fat
6g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 217
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 5.3mg 27%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 241mg 5%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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