Bobby Flay’s Meatball {and sauce!} Recipe

Bobby Flay's meatball (and sauce) recipe

I have the Bobby Flay meatball recipe ?! What did I do to deserve this?! I think we can all agree, that a good meatball recipe is hard to find- we all want that special secret recipe. (This is why I love Google. Far less secret recipes in the world.) The balance of flavors that this recipe brings is just perfect. You’ll notice there are three types of meat in Bobby Flay’s Meatballs: Ground beef, ground pork, and ground veal. If you’re not a fan, or don’t have access to all three types of meats, you can make some substitutions. You could use all ground beef for example. Or half ground beef, half pork. Or work some ground turkey in the mix. I personally recommend trying the recipe as-is, but you most certainly don’t have to. I also love making Bobby Flay’s homemade tomato sauce. 

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Bobby Flay's Meatball Recipe

With a combination of 3 meats in a homemade marinara sauce, these tender meatballs are full of savory flavor that will put any pasta dish over the top.



1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 pound ground pork *see notes

1/2 pound ground veal *see notes

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped and sautéed

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 cup olive oil

Homemade Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 (28-ounce) cans plum tomatoes and their juice, pureed in a blender

1 bay leaf

1 small bunch parsley

Pinch red pepper flakes

Salt and freshly ground pepper

6 basil leaves, chiffonade



Combine all ingredients, (except the oil), in a large bowl until well-combined. Roll into 1+1/2 inch balls.

Heat the oil in a large sautee pan over medium heat and add the meatballs. Let them fry, cooking on each side until lightly browned, but not cooked all the way through. About 10-15 minutes.

Add the meatballs to tomato sauce and let them simmer on medium low heat for about 45 minutes.

Homemade Sauce

In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic until they’re softened- about 15 minutes.

Add the pureed tomatoes and juice, the bay leaf, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 40 minutes (with the meatballs in there!)

Remove the bay leaf and parsley prior to serving, and mix in the basil. Serve, and enjoy!

You can substitute the veal and/or pork with ground beef or ground turkey if preferred.

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