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.
Sweet and Sour Turkey Meatballs with Polenta
This Asian twist on an Italian-style favorite just plain works. The four sauce ingredients create an instant, incredibly balanced barbecue-type lacquer, full of vinegar and chile punch, caramel notes, and umami richness.
These juicy, tender bites can be served in soups, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, or salads. Make them for dinner tonight and freeze the remaining morsels (if there are any left behind) for a quick meal on busy weeknights.
Linguine with Ricotta Meatballs
Fresh pasta takes only two to three minutes to cook. Bring your pot of water to a boil early, and drop the pasta in just before the meatballs are finished so that everything is done at the same time. Ricotta cheese makes the meatballs light and tender and not too dense; they're a bit too fragile to toss with the pasta, so they're scooped out of the sauce and then placed on top at the end. If you can't find fresh linguine, use fresh fettuccine.
Spaghetti and Meatballs in Tomato-Basil Sauce
Feed a crowd of 8 tonight, or cook 6 ounces pasta to serve 4 and freeze half the meatball mixture for later. Spoon into whole-wheat hoagie rolls instead of over pasta.
Turkey Meatball Subs
These subs with be a big hit with your family. The balsamic vinegar in the sauce really adds a whole level of flavor. Plus, these sandwiches make great leftovers!
Tortilla Soup with Chorizo and Turkey Meatballs
Smoked chorizo gives this tortilla soup a deep, smoky flavor without overpowering. This soup is a perfect go-to for parties or quick get-togethers.
Quick Quinoa Meatballs
Meatballs in Brussels Sprout Cups
Friends will love the ingenuity of these appetizers—little meatballs cradled in Brussels sprout cups—cleverly seasonal.
Italian Meatball Sliders
Melted mozzarella and savory meatballs are nestled within a fluffy water roll. You might just have a new dinnertime favorite.
Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
We lightened up a kid-friendly favorite that will still please your pint-sized diners.
Swedish Meatballs with Red Currant Pan Sauce
Silky and sweet, the red currant pan sauce would be delicious served over pork chops or grilled poultry. Use leftover jam for anything from spreading over biscuits to creating a flavor base for barbecue sauce.
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.
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 meaty, saucy, two-napkin sandwiches are destined for heavy dinnertime rotation.
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.
Barbecue Turkey Meatballs
Serve with simple mashed potatoes on the side to catch the sauce.
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.
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.
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.
Garlicky Meatball Pasta
Alicante Turkey Meatballs
These plump, moist turkey meatballs, surprisingly delicate in flavor, are guaranteed to banish any memory of dried-out turkey burgers.
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.
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.
Basil Chicken Meatballs with Ponzu Sauce
These flavorful meatballs make fantastic appetizers, and they also add a great touch to your weeknight pasta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greek Pasta with Meatballs
This riff on spaghetti and meatballs uses rice-shaped pasta, ground lamb, and feta cheese.
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.