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Ricotta Meatballs

Tender and delicious meatballs
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meatball recipes, ricotta meatballs, using ricotta cheese
Servings: 4
Calories: 395kcal


  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
  • 2 tbs Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent. Remove from heat and cool.
  • In a large bowl, mix the onion/garlic mixture (including the oil) ground beef, ricotta, parsley, Parmesan/Romano, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Shape into meatballs about the size of a walnut.
  • If you're making tomato sauce, drop meatballs into simmering sauce and simmer for 1 hour.
  • If you're not serving with sauce, in the pan you cooked the onion, brown meatballs on all sides and cook until no pink remains in the center.


Cook time calculated for cooking in sauce.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 672IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 4mg