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Old Spaghetti Factory Meatballs

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Rating: 5/5
5 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   8

recipe id: 12377
Old Spaghetti Factory Meatballs Recipe
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1/3 cup very finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon very finely minced garlic
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup cold water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
30 ounces tomato sauce


Combine chopped onion, garlic, parsley and bread crumbs in a food processor and mix 30 seconds. Break the egg into a 3 quart bowl and mix well using a wire whisk. Add water, olive oil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to the egg and whisk until well whisked. Add the bread crumb mixture, combining with a spatula. Add the ground meat and mix thoroughly until ingredients are well distributed and the mixture is binding together tightly.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Using a medium sized ice cream scoop, scoop out a portion onto a lightly oiled jelly roll pan. Form each meatball by rolling in the palm of your hand until they feel tight and solid. (The finished meatballs should be about the size of a golf ball.)

Pour 1/4 cup water into the pan and place in the oven. Time 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and loosen with a spatula. Return to the oven an additional 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain. Heat the tomato sauce in a large skillet. Add the meatballs and simmer 2 minutes. Serve over pasta or rice.

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466 calories, 34 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates, 28 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
First time making meatballs and they came out perfect. I will be using this recipe time and time again. Tasted exactly like Spaghetti Factory's meatballs. Thank you!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was the first time I have ever made meatballs and this recipe was very good. The taste was just right. I will use this recipe again.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is my go to meatball recipe. The only change that I make is to double or triple the garlic because we love garlic. Otherwise, the recipe is great as is. These are my favorite meatballs ever!!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is the second meatball recipe I have tried, and it was exactly what I wanted. They held together, tasted great, and left me wanting more!

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