*To make fresh bread crumbs tear slices of stale hearty bread into pieces and place in a food processor, pulse mixture to fine crumbs.

**You can also use 2/3 lb ground veal, 2/3 lb ground beef, 2/3 lb ground pork.

***Be sure to chop yellow onion to a fine mince, about the size of the minced garlic otherwise it won't be tender by the time meatballs are done cooking.

****Standard light aluminum baking sheets will work too meatballs just won't brown as much.


  • 2 cups (5.2 oz) fresh bread crumbs*
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, then more if needed
  • 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef**
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup finely minced yellow onion***
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (2 tsp)
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, only if using the fried method