Sunday Supper: Mamma Gina's Meatballs

When you think of Italian food, spaghetti and meatballs are probably one of the first dishes that come to mind.  Every Italian mother and grandmother has their signature meatball recipe and their children will always boast that they are THE BEST.  The basic recipe is usually similar but each family will have a slight variation that makes it their own.  As an Italian, I have been eating meatballs my entire life and the recipe has been passed down to me from my mother who learned it from her mother.  I believe they are the best meatballs you will ever taste.  And, I’m right.  However, you might believe your mother’s meatballs are the best, and you’re right too.

Reason being, food is love, and love is in the eye of the beholder.  You love your mother’s meatballs simply because they are made by your mother.  She makes them for you with love and care and you taste that with every bite.  My mother’s meatball recipe is delicious however, as with any loving relationship, will require a bit of work.  They simmer for hours in a delicious red sauce; that is also an ingredient in the meatball.  So, make the sauce, make the meatballs, cook them together and enjoy their delicious marriage with a big plate of pasta.  Now, that’s amore!

Polpette Di Mamma -Gina’s Meatballs

Serves 6 to 8


1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 eggs
1 cup grated pecorino romano
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
½ cup brodo di mamma 


In a large bowl, hand mix all the ingredients.  The hand mixing helps prevent overmixing.  Once all ingredients are combined, wet your hands, pinch a handful of meat and roll into balls.  Carefully drop them into simmering sauce.  Allow to simmer in the sauce for 40 minutes until they are fully cooked.

Remove from sauce and serve.