Our Best Meatball Recipes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.