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spicy Italian meatballs

Spicy Italian Meatballs

A bold twist on the traditional
Course Meal
Keyword Cayenne Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 450kcal


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 large onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • Pinch salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a skillet or sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium.
  • Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook the onions until translucent (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and crushed red pepper. Continue to cook the mix, stirring often, for 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, eggs, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, and cayenne pepper powder. Mix the ground beef thoroughly until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Add the onion and garlic mix to the mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Then add the water and a pinch more salt, and mix until fully combined.
  • Shape the meatballs, then brown them quickly in an olive oil coated sauté pan. Transfer them to a foil-lined baking sheet, then bake them for 15 to 20 minutes (or until cooked through).
  • Once cooked, add them to marinara sauce (spicy or otherwise!) and enjoy!



Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 2.8mg