The classic meaty morsel gets a tasty upgrade in these mouth-watering, healthy meatball recipes.
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
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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.
View Recipe: Turkey Meatball Soup with Greens
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.
View Recipe: Meatball Stroganoff
These meaty, saucy, two-napkin sandwiches are destined for heavy dinnertime rotation.
View Recipe: Meatball Subs
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.
View Recipe: Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)
Serve with simple mashed potatoes on the side to catch the sauce.
View Recipe: Barbecue Turkey Meatballs
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.
View Recipe: Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce
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.
View Recipe: Italian Meatball Sliders
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
These plump, moist turkey meatballs, surprisingly delicate in flavor, are guaranteed to banish any memory of dried-out turkey
View Recipe: Alicante Turkey Meatballs
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.
View Recipe: Tortilla Meatball Soup
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
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
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.
View Recipe: Hidden Rainbow Albondigas
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.
View Recipe: Turkey Meatball Reuben Subs
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.
View Recipe: Korean Meatballs
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
This riff on spaghetti and meatballs uses rice-shaped pasta, ground lamb, and feta cheese.
View Recipe: Greek Pasta with 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