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Three Animal Italian Meatballs Recipe
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Three Animal Italian Meatballs

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"Turkey, beef, and Italian sausage meatballs that go perfectly with your favorite marinara sauce. Serve over pasta!"

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Original recipe makes 24 large meatballs Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine ground meat, onion, eggs, bread crumbs, oats, and seasoning in a large bowl. Shape into 2-inch diameter balls.
  3. Heat enough vegetable oil in a large saute pan to be 1/2 inch deep. Brown meatballs in hot oil for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass baking dish.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
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  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 11, 2006

A great recipe-- my husband doesn't like most meatballs, but he loves these. I skip the step of browning them on the stove, and just put them straight in the oven. I use 1/3 cup measure when I'm making the meatballs so they're all the same size.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 03, 2012

Just okay. I thought they needed some salt - but didn't realize till they were cooked. Maybe subbing cheese for oats or crumbs as someone else suggested would help.

Jun 24, 2006

These are really good. I made them with the beef, turkey & sausage just like the recipe called for. I used a 1/4 cup measure to portion out the meat. I got 22 meatballs. I would make this again.

Sep 20, 2003

These are very moist and flavorful. They also freeze really well for a quick weeknight dinner!

Feb 02, 2006

This is a WONDERFUL recipie! I think it's the best made with hot italian sausage. Then after the meatballs are browned in a pan, I transfer them to a baking pan, pour a jar of spaghetti sauce over them and bake. Then top with parmesan cheese. Yummy!

Apr 12, 2008

My own meatball recipe is very similar to this one. I only used half the amount of oats and bread crumbs in this recipe. In it's place I used a 1/2 cup of fresh shredded romano cheese and sometimes fresh chopped parsley!! Since I usually cook my small to medium sized meatballs in red sauce I don't pre-brown them. I also use minced onions and not chopped. I tried the Quick Pasta Sauce recipe with the meatballs and cooked on low 3 hours on the stovetop.

Feb 13, 2004

These are truly awesome meatballs! I always like to use ground turkey with my meatballs anyway, and I think the oatmeal added to this recipe really helps to set up the meatballs. This is definitely a "keeper" for my family!

Aug 24, 2003

Yummy! I added some fennel seed and a few drops of hot sauce. I got a bunch of compliments on them, especially because it was my first time making meatballs. Thanks :)


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  • Calories
  • 635 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 145 mg
  • 48%
  • Fat
  • 50.9 g
  • 78%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 31.8 g
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 663 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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