Italian San Marzano Meatballs

Urban Recipes

By Christina Jeffrey

It's a classic and the perfect comfort food! 

Italian San Marzano Meatballs made with organic beef, garlic, onion, lots of parsley, parmesan cheese, olive oil, eggs, bread crumbs and seasonings.

A couple alternatives to this meat ball are a combination of beef, veal and pork which makes a beautiful meatball, or fresh ground turkey for a lighter option for those who don't eat beef or pork. The sauce is my classic San Marzano award winning tomato sauce that I posted a few weeks ago. Brown these meatballs and then let them simmer in the sauce and you will have very moist, flavourful comfort food!  

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THE RECIPE | Urban Baker Co.

Italian San Marzano Meatballs
It's a classic and the perfect comfort food!

prep time | 20 minutes 
total time | 50 minutes 
servings | 4 people



1 pound of organic grass fed ground beef (alternative options are 1/3 ground beef, 1/3 ground veal, 1/3 ground pork or use ground turkey for a healthier option)

1 sweet onion, finely diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup breadcrumbs (alternative option: gluten free breadcrumbs)

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

2 eggs, beaten

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp sea salt

grape seed oil

Tomato Sauce (see link for Urban Baker Co. recipe)


1. Set oven to 400 degrees. 

2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and form into meatballs with a spring loaded cookie scoop.  Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Place a bit of olive oil on your hands and roll the meatballs to form a perfectly round ball.

3. Heat enough grape seed oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add meatballs turning to brown all over.  Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until browned.

4. Place browned meatballs on a baking sheet with a new piece of parchment.  Place in oven and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until cooked through.  

5. Remove from oven and place meatballs in a simmering pot of tomato sauce.  Let simmer in sauce for about 10 to 15 minutes and serve over pasta or as a main dish with a side salad.