Montasio Meatballs

Yield: 48 meatballs

Montasio Meatballs


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup finely chopped onions

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup panko

3 tablespoons milk

2 pounds ground beef

3/4 cup shredded Montasio cheese

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup ricotta cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 egg

1 ½ to 2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 (25-ounce) jars marinara sauce


Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat olive oil in a small sauté pan. Add the onions and garlic; sauté until they are translucent, about 5 minutes. Let cool. Stir together the panko and milk.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled onions and garlic, panko mixture, beef, Montasio, basil, ricotta, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper.

Shape the meatball mixture into 48 meatballs. Place in two 9- by 13-inch baking dishes and bake uncovered 20-25 minutes. Pour marinara sauce over meatballs; cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake 10 minutes longer or until the meatballs are fully cooked and sauce bubbles.

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