Very tasty option to go along with that traditional pasta dish!


Click here to see the recipe in Portuguese


servings: 20 units / preparation time: 1:30 hour



1 pound ground beef

½ package French onion soup/cream mix

½ onion, finely chopped

3 crushed garlic cloves

salt and pepper to taste

1 slice of white bread

¼ cup milk

1 whole egg

½ cup chopped parsley and/or chives

all purpose flour (about 1 cup, total)

tomato sauce, ready (about 4 cups)



1 – In a bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, onion soup mix, onion and garlic.

2 – Soak the bread in milk and add to the mixture.

3 – Add egg, flour (about 5 tbs.), parsley and mix well with your hands, until it forms a consistent mixture.

4 – Using your hands, shape the meatballs the size you like.

5 – In a deep plate, put about 3 tbs. of flour with a pinch of salt and roll the meatballs, pressing lightly with your hands (this will prevent the meatballs from breaking apart while cooking).

6 – In a large saucepan, heat the tomato sauce of your choice and add the meatballs.

7 – Cover and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring gently from time to time.


Tips and Options:

  • Add more or less flour to the mixture so that it is consistent and easy to shape.
  • To make meatballs stuffed with cheese, cut mozzarella into cubes and add to the center while shaping them.
  • Many meatball recipe’s combine more than one type of meat (e.g., beef and pork). For a lighter option, use ground chicken or turkey breast.
  • Want to learn how to make homemade tomato sauce? Check it out this delicious recipe!


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