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Roman Meatballs

There are countless recipes for meatballs, and this version is both unique and flavorful.  The original recipe came to my attention in the Williams-Sonoma catalog from September 2011.  My modifications of the original recipe are very minor, and include reducing the amount of bread crumbs.  The meatballs can be made to any desired size, and divided into portions, and some even frozen for future usage.


The meatballs can be served with any pasta and sauce of choice.  During a past trip to New York, I visited a restaurant called Frankie & Fanucci's.  They had an item on their menu called Nona's meatballs, which was served on a bed of sauce with a dollop of ricotta cheese.  This serving method was so unique and flavorful that it is now one of my preferred way to enjoy meatballs.  The photo above was taken by me before consuming the dish, and there was no modification of the food as commonly done with many photos from cookbooks or food blogs.  Below is an inspiration photograph of Nona's meatballs that I took at Frankie & Fanucci's.


  • Milk:  ½ cup

  • Bread Crumbs:  1 cup

  • Prosciutto:  4 ounces, finely chopped

  • Ground Beef:  1 pound

  • Ground Pork:  1 pound

  • Eggs,  2 large, lightly beaten

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese:   ½ cup, grated

  • Parsley:  2 tablespoons, finely chopped, fresh flat leaf

  • Oregano:  2 tablespoons, finely chopped, fresh

  • Basil:  3 tablespoons, finely chopped, fresh

  • Garlic:  3 teaspoons, minced

  • Salt:  to taste

  • Course Ground Pepper:  to taste

Steps to Prepare

In a small bowl, combine the milk and bread crumbs, and let stand about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the prosciutto, beef, pork, eggs, cheese, parsley, oregano, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper.


Add soaked bread crumbs, and mix gently until combined.

Divide and roll into meatballs of desired size.  If the portion will be divided for future usage, wrap those in aluminum foil and place into freezer.

Place meatballs into glass baking dish, and bake in oven at 350˚F until done.  The time will vary depending on meatball size.  For example, a golf ball size meatball will take about 25-30 minutes.  For the best results, use a meat thermometer until the internal temperature reaches 160˚ F.







Meatballs - Frankie and Fanuccis- Photo




© Copyright  -  Timothy J. Barron  -  This page was updated March 11, 2023

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