Our Best Meatball Recipes

The classic meaty morsel gets a tasty upgrade in these mouth-watering, healthy meatball recipes.

Meatball Madness

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Meatball Madness

We love 'em with noodles, we love 'em in soups, we love 'em on skewers, too. We're taking the meatball to more delicious (and lighter!)  places than we ever have before.

Let's start out with a healthier take on a time-honored dish—Spaghetti and Meatballs. 

You can't go wrong with this classic family favorite. We amp up jarred marinara with charred onion, garlic, and plum tomatoes.

View Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Watch: How to Form Meatballs

Turkey Meatball Soup with Greens

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Turkey Meatball Soup with Greens

In our play on Italian wedding soup, cooked quinoa serves as a nutty, whole-grain binder for the meatballs. We like the tenderness of lacinato kale in this soup, but you easily can substitute other varieties.

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Meatball Stroganoff

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Meatball Stroganoff

Beefy sirloin draped in wine-spiked, creamy mushroom sauce: the comfort of stroganoff with a meatball twist. Serve sautéed Broccolini, spinach, or Brussels sprouts alongside this hearty entrée.

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Meatball Subs

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Meatball Subs

These meaty, saucy, two-napkin sandwiches are destined for heavy dinnertime rotation.

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Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)

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Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)

These meatballs make a terrific party snack. Look for flat skewers at Asian markets, or use two skewers for each group of meatballs so they'll turn easier.

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Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

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Barbecue Turkey Meatballs

Serve with simple mashed potatoes on the side to catch the sauce.

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Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

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Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

The recipes calls for the meatballs to be served with pita wedges, but you can serve them over couscous, over pasta, or even by themselves. Let your imagination run wild.

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Italian Meatball Sliders

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Italian Meatball Sliders

Skip the pasta and try these sliders instead. Best of all, you can make the meatballs ahead and freeze them for a quick meal on busy nights.

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Lamb Meatballs with Kale, Cumin Yogurt, and Carolina Gold Rice

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Lamb Meatballs with Kale, Cumin Yogurt, and Carolina Gold Rice

Inspired by his trip to Israel, renowned chef Hugh Acheson created this Middle Eastern-style recipe using staples from his Southern backyard. Handle the meatballs gently, and form them with as little handling as possible. This will keep them tender.

View Recipe: Lamb Meatballs with Kale, Cumin Yogurt, and Carolina Gold Rice

Garlicky Meatball Pasta

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Garlicky Meatball Pasta

In about 30 minutes, you can have a bowl of this tasty pasta on your table—homemade meatballs included. Refrigerated fettuccine and commercial marinara sauce helps to hasten this quick and easy pasta dinner. Serve with Mixed Greens Salad.

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Alicante Turkey Meatballs

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Alicante Turkey Meatballs

These plump, moist turkey meatballs, surprisingly delicate in flavor, are guaranteed to banish any memory of dried-out turkey burgers.

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Tortilla Meatball Soup

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Tortilla Meatball Soup

If you can't find fresh corn on the cob, substitute 2 cups frozen corn kernels, and broil them with peppers. After making the soup, you can use a few leftover chipotle chiles to spice up a pot of beans, rice, stews, or canola mayonnaise.

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Kibbeh Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce

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Kibbeh Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Impress your party guests with this delectable Middle East-inspired appetizer. You can also try serving it with pita or bulgur.

View Recipe: Kibbeh Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Basil Chicken Meatballs with Ponzu Sauce

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Basil Chicken Meatballs with Ponzu Sauce

These flavorful meatballs make fantastic appetizers, and they also add a great touch to your weeknight pasta.

View Recipe: Basil Chicken Meatballs with Ponzu Sauce

Hidden Rainbow Albondigas

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Hidden Rainbow Albondigas

Inspired by the traditional Mexican albondigas, a soup with meatballs and vegetables, this dish "hides" the veggies in the meatballs. Picky eaters will be none the wiser.

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Turkey Meatball Reuben Subs

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Turkey Meatball Reuben Subs

In the words of one of our readers, these subs are "ludicrously quick and easy." You'll definitely want to add them to your menu this week.

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Korean Meatballs

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Korean Meatballs

The hallmarks of Korean cuisine are garlicky, salty, and sweet flavors, so our essential ingredients here are garlic, lower-sodium soy sauce, and brown sugar. Serve the meatballs with store-bought kimchi and Quick Pickled Cucumbers to add characteristic heat and tang to the meal.

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Gingery Pork Meatballs with Noodles

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Gingery Pork Meatballs with Noodles

Wide rice noodles are available on the ethnic-foods aisle at most major supermarkets and at Asian grocers. If you can't find them, any rice noodle or even spaghetti will work in this dish. You can also use ground sirloin, if you can't find pork.

View Recipe: Gingery Pork Meatballs with Noodles

Greek Pasta with Meatballs

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Greek Pasta with Meatballs

This riff on spaghetti and meatballs uses rice-shaped pasta, ground lamb, and feta cheese.

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Sesame-Soy Meatballs

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Sesame-Soy Meatballs

Serve these garlicky, spicy meatballs with steamed sugar snap peas and 2 cups of cooked rice tossed with 1 tablespoon chile paste—you'll find it on the ethnic aisle of most supermarkets or at Asian grocers.

View Recipe: Sesame-Soy Meatballs

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