These ricotta meatballs swimming in a classic arrabbiata sauce made with the finest San Marzano tomatoes are everything! Fluffy and moist, the absolute best Italian meatballs recipe ever. Served with spaghetti, linguine, rigatoni or bruschetta, the only question is: can you handle this?
So what are ricotta meatballs?
Simply Italian beef meatballs with ricotta cheese inside the mix to make some magic. They are then cooked in a spicy homemade arrabiata sauce, or you could even simmer them in a chianti sauce during the holidays.
I have to warn you, these really are “OMG so fluffy i’m gonna die” kind of ricotta meatballs!
Simmered gently in lots of homemade arrabiata sauce, healthy comfort food never tasted this good. But it is the Holidays after all, so I sprinkled a handful of insanely creamy delicious fontina cheese over the top and let it melt under the broiler.
You can of course serve them as appetizers in the sauce and call it a day.
I honestly wouldn’t care to post one more meatball recipe on the internet, unless of course it is for the best Italian meatballs. Especially as I am trying so hard to be a full time vegetarian. Life goals, right?!
You already know I can’t bake a great think without ricotta, and I don’t mean just muffins and cakes. I would not attempt to make meatballs and the best meatloaf without it either. Fail proof fluffy and tender every single time. What more could you ask for from the best Italian meatballs and meatloaf, right ?
Honestly guys, this is what Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner looks like at the shack. Definitely not your traditional menu, but wins the popular vote every single time.
Best part about this, I can have every single thing made the day before, so no going crazy roasting nothing the day off. Or you could also just prepare the sauce in advance and shape your meatballs, then the next day you cook them in the sauce just before serving. In any case, super easy way to bang out your Holiday dinner!
So for all my meatball lovers out there, ricotta meatballs are the thing!
Tell the truth: can you even handle it ?
Now Mangia! Ricotta meatballs for everyone ~ Florentina Xo’s
These ricotta meatballs swimming in a classic arrabbiata sauce made with the finest San Marzano tomatoes are everything! Fluffy and moist, the absolute best Italian meatballs recipe around.
- 1 lb ground chuck organic grass fed
- 3/4 c ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp Sicilian oregano dry or fresh
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt + more to taste
- 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- 3 cloves garlic grated
- 3 tbsp grated onion
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg large
- 1/4 c bread crumbs plain gluten free
- 1/4 c Italian parsley chopped
- 1 batch of this Arrabiata sauce
- 1/3 lb Fontina cheese shredded
Prepare the arrabiata sauce in advance according to the recipe.
In a large mixing bowl combine the ground chuck, ricotta cheese, oregano, sea salt, garlic, onion, baking soda and egg. Use your hand and mix well until everything is combined.
Pour a little olive oil in the palm of your hands and form 21 meatballs, the size of golf balls.
Meanwhile bring the arrabiata sauce to a simmer and drop the meatballs in the simmering sauce. Cover with a tight lid and cook on low flame for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
Remove the lid and sprinkle the meatballs over the top with the fontina cheese.
Preheat your broiler and broil the meatball bake for a few minutes until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve on top of mashed potatoes.
Preheat your oven to 350"F.
Follow all the above steps and after you sprinkle the meatballs with the cheese you loosely cover the pan with some aluminum foil. Bake for about 10 t0 15 minutes until the cheese has melted.
If you don't have a broiler, simply heat up your oven to 350"F. Loosely cover the ricotta meatballs with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.
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