Bread and Cheese Meatballs Recipe

Bread and Cheese Meatballs Recipe

Bread and Cheese Meatballs

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 50 mins
Servings: 4


  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, Peeled and Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Minced
  • 1 (26 Ounce Can Good Quality Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • Red Hot Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • Bread And Cheese Balls:
  • 8.5 Ounces Grated Hard Cheese (see note above)
  • 7 Ounces Stale Bread, Crusts Removed
  • 1 Garlic Clove, Peeled
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves
  • Pinch of Cracked Black Pepper

To Serve:

  • Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese


  1. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan.
  2. Add the onion, and cook over medium heat until tender, about 4 minutes, then add the garlic and cook another minute or two until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomatoes and basil, mix well, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes, add an additional cup of water to your sauce and mix well.
  6. While the sauce is simmering start your “meatballs”.
  7. In a food processor, pulse the bread and garlic until you have created coarse crumbs.
  8. Add the cheese and parsley and pulse briefly until mixed. 
Empty the bread mixture into a bowl, and begin to add one egg at a time using as many eggs as needed until you have created a mixture that is still very moist, but is firm enough to handle.
  9. Using your hands (moisten with water if necessary), form small egg sized balls and drop carefully into the sauce.
  10. Continue to use up the remaining bread mixture making as many balls as you can.
  11. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, then gently turn the meatballs over.
  12. Simmer another 10 minutes, adding additional water if the sauce begins to thicken too much.
  13. To serve, place a large spoonful of sauce in each of 4 bowls, and then add three meatballs on top.
  14. Offer grated cheese at the table.
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