Family Favourite Meatballs

A meatball recipe that rivals that of your favourite Italian restaurant! These meatballs always come out amazingly tender, deliciously flavourful, never dry and they’re always sure to impress! Serve with wholemeal/ gluten free pasta or zucchini noodles as a low carb alternative.

Family Favourite Meatballs



Prep time




  • 1.5 cup fresh bread crumbs (can use GF breadcrumbs to make recipe GF)

  • 3/4 cup whole milk, then more if needed (coconut/ oat or almond as a dairy free alternative)

  • 500g pork mince

  • 500g premium beef mince

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup finely minced yellow onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil

  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese or tasty cheese

  • 1 large jar of passata sauce (good quality)

  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large mixing bowl stir together bread crumbs and milk while adding more milk 1 Tbsp at a time to moisten bread fully. Let rest while you prep ingredients (or at least 5 minutes).

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C on fan bake and pre-line a tray with baking paper.
  • To breadcrumb mixture add beef, pork, eggs, onion, garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, parmesan and season over top of ingredients evenly with salt and pepper.
  • Gently toss mixture and break meat up with fingertips until ingredients are evenly mixed. Shape mixture with greased hands into even size meatballs, about 1 1/4-inches each.
  • Place formed meatballs on baking sheets, fitting about 20 per each and spacing evenly apart. Bake in upper and lower third of oven 20-25 minutes until brown on the outside.
  • Simmer the passata sauce in a large saucepan with the tomato paste until warm.
  • Remove the meatballs and add to passata sauce then simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve on wholemeal/ GF or zucchini pasta with some extra greens. Season to taste.

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