Meatballs: The Most Perfect of Comfort Foods

spaghetti and meatballs
Flickr photo by jamieanne

Everyone has food that always makes them feel better. For me, it's my mommy's -- AHEM *clears throat* -- sorry, my mother's meatballs, which she slips into her homemade spaghetti sauce and allows to simmer all day. No matter how bad a day I've had, this meal never fails to lift my spirits.


Most recipes have you fry the meatballs in oil so that they're browned (and hold together) before they go into the sauce. My mom taught me to brown them in the oven -- it's a lot less messier.


  • 1 lb ground beef (you can use any ground meat -- turkey, lamb, pork, etc., but I'm using beef because that's our ingredient of the week)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • Pinch of hot red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients by hand; be careful not to over-mix the meat. Form 2-inch balls. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange meatballs in rows. Bake in oven at 375 for 10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and, using two forks, flip over each ball so that it can brown on the other side. Bake for 10 more minutes. Cool slightly; then add to spaghetti sauce.

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