OMG, this Italian meatball recipe is stunningly good. The cheese gives the meatballs a wonderful flavor, and also keeps them moist and tender. These are great for parties, I just throw them in a crockpot with a little water for steaming.
I adapted the recipe from Chef John's recipe here on the Food Wishes website.
A few tips: If you can't find whole milk ricotta, part skim will work. The fat and calorie contents of the final product will be reduced, of course. And if you really like garlic, you could add fresh garlic to the onions as well.
Assuming 31 total, each meatball has 64 calories, 4 g fat, 1 carb, 6 g protein
Entire recipe has 1992 calories, 128 g fat, 34 g carb, 5 g fiber, 171 g protein
* For a richer flavor, use 1/2 pound of pork sausage and 1/2 pound of ground beef instead.
Variation: As per Chef John's Italian meatball recipe video, you could brown the meatballs in olive oil instead. Then remove the extra fat in the frying pan, and add a jar of marinara sauce. Simmer them for about 30 minutes. They come out delicious this way too, but the carb and calorie counts are higher due to the tomato sauce and extra oil. You may also like my Swedish Meatballs.