Whether they're served on top of spaghetti, stuffed into heroes or eaten alone in bright tomato sauce, these traditional balls of meat and amped-up varieties are inherently comforting.
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Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs
If you want to sneak some vegetables into your kids' meals, try Tia Mowry's trick: chopped spinach. Another unique addition? Rolled oats are pulsed in a food processor for a quick binder in these turkey meatballs.
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Amp up make-ahead meatballs by adding a Moroccan-inspired mix of spices.
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Spaghetti and Meatballs
Michael’s five-star recipe is a sure-fire stunner, with plump beef meatballs and al dente spaghetti. But the best part might be his grandma’s slow-cooked, flavor-loaded Sunday gravy made with wine, baby back ribs and a hefty dose of garlic and oregano.
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Mini Meatball Heroes
Giada De Laurentiis' tiny meatballs are the perfect size to tuck into dinner rolls for impressive appetizers at your next party.
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Now you don't have to go furniture shopping to chow down on Swedish meatballs. Alton Brown mixes ground beef and pork together with allspice and nutmeg, and then drizzles the meatballs with creamy gravy.
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Tiffani Thiessen's Spaghetti and Meatballs
Tiffani adds in chopped prosciutto for extra elegance in her meatballs, which are simmered for hours in a red-wine-spiked tomato sauce.
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Meatball Sub Egg Roll
When Italian food and Chinese food combine, magic happens. For a shortcut, Kelsey Nixon uses frozen meatballs and jarred sauce as the filler in her egg rolls.
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Turkey Meatballs on a Bed of Leeks
Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos put a healthier spin on meatballs by using turkey instead of beef and serving them on a bed of leeks rather than pasta.
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Lightly browned to crisp the outside, these pork meatballs –– robust with fennel seeds, parsley and Parmesan –– are best in a classic marinara sauce that Alex learned from her mom.
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Sunny's Spicy Spaghetti with Mega Meatballs
When no regular-size meatball will do, turn to Sunny’s bold pasta, which kicks up the heat and dishes out softball-size servings of meat.
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Kickin' Meatball Parmigiana with Diavolo Sauce
This delightfully messy hero may play on the childhood favorite, but its cheesy meatballs and spicy tomato sauce are guaranteed to impress adult palates.
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Veal and Pork Meatballs with Egg Noodles
This stroganoff-like dish tosses succulent veal and pork meatballs in mushroom Marsala.
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Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs
This crowd-pleasing chuck-and-pork-based classic and its accompanying tomato-basil sauce are ideal to freeze for last-minute comfort food cravings.
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Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs
Tender dimples of orecchiette are the perfect vehicle for tomato-simmered chicken balls and gooey mozzarella. Who needs sauce?
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Meatballs in Almond Sauce
This traditional Catalan sauce – made with fried almonds, garlic and bread – is a fragrant, nutty alternative to the typical tomato-based dressing.
Kelsey's caprese-inspired turkey meatballs use pesto to pack a basil-flavored punch, but the best surprise is the oozing mozzarella center.
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Spaghetti and Meatballs
Good enough to be named for the classic song, Rachael's On Top of Ole Smoky, All Covered with Cheese: Spaghetti and Meatballs use ground sirloin and pork for a plate of perfect nostalgia.
Pine Nut Lamb Meatballs with Pasta
Always looking to put an eccentric spin on classics, Roger adds buttery pine nuts and sweet dried currants to balance the husky flavor of his lamb meatballs.
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Even hardcore carnivores will want seconds of these healthy meatless rounds, which are packed with celery, mushrooms and lentils. Smother them in pesto for even more flavor.
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Meatballs with a White Wine Sauce
Sun-dried tomatoes, herbs and ricotta add a distinctly Mediterranean kick to these pan-fried rounds.
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Gluten-Free Mama's Spaghetti and Meatballs
Breadcrumbs aren't the only way to bind meaty morsels: This recipe smartly subs in hominy and cornmeal to keep the ground chuck intact.
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Lamb Meatballs and Collard Dolmades
This recipe reimagines stuffed grape leaves by rolling flavorful lamb meatballs in collard greens.
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Rigatoni and Meatballs
Ree swaps out unwieldy strands of spaghetti for rigatoni to capture more sauce in each bite of this Italian-American favorite.
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Use your choice of meat for these Indian-inspired meatballs, which Bal punches up with fennel seeds, coriander seeds, oregano and tamarind pulp. The rich tomato-wine gravy is packed with bay leaves, garam masala, chiles and turmeric.
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Deceptively shaped into flat patties, these lightly breaded meatballs fit perfectly on a burger bun. Thick rounds of mozzarella and a crushed tomato compote make it a party-ready Parm.
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Shortcut Sausage Meatballs
Quickly whip up this meatball meal by squeezing the stuffing out of Italian sausages and rolling it into tiny balls. Don't worry: Your secret's safe with us.
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Sal's Old-School Meatballs
Already have tomato sauce on hand? Whip together these balls with ground veal, pork and beef, two cheeses and a slice of good, old-fashioned white sandwich bread.
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Spicy Pork Meatballs
As owners of New York City's wildly popular restaurant The Meatball Shop, Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow know a thing or two about good meatballs. The duo lightens their recipe with fresh bread, adding hot cherry peppers for a little punch.
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