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Maggiano’s Meatballs Recipe – Copycat

Maggiano’s Meatballs recipe is the perfect restaurant style meatballs in the comfort of your home. Serve with marinara sauce and spaghetti.

We love making a good quality restaurant meals in our kitchen, like our popular Chicken Spinach Lasagna, Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta and Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore.

Maggiano’s Meatballs

Maggiano’s Meatballs are my favorite item on the menu at Maggiano’s Little Italy. They are always flavorful and filling, served with tangy marinara sauce over delicious spaghetti, its comfort food at its best. Since I love the Maggiano’s Meatballs so much, but the closest restaurant is a good 40 minutes drive, I decided to try my best and make a homemade version. I must say that I was pleased with how good they tasted.

These Maggiano’s Meatballs were a breeze to make and are now a staple in our home. I went ahead and tried my hand at Maggiano’s Marinara Sauce, that turned out absolutely fabulous. So perfect, tangy, full of flavor and texture from the veggies. I must make a huge batch and just always have it on hand in the fridge.

Can you freeze the Meatballs?

Yes, the Meatballs freeze well. Layer them into an aluminum foil pan, after that wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, and then wrap it in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 month. To reheat add additional sauce on top and place in the oven at 350F for about 20-30 minutes or until hot.


Maggiano's Meatballs

Maggiano's Meatballs recipe is the perfect restaurant style meatballs in the comfort of your home. Serve with marinara sauce and spaghetti.

Maggiano's Meatballs
  • Prep Time15 MIN
  • Cook Time20 MIN
  • Servings 6 servings


  • 20 ounces ground beef
  • 6-8 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped
  • 3/4 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a medium bowl combine Parmesan cheese with garlic, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Once combined add the beef, followed by the egg, milk, basil and parsley . Mix well by hand until all the ingredients are well combined. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
  • Form 16 evenly sized meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the meatballs on each side for a few minutes, just until browned.
  • Transfer meatballs to a baking dish and continue cooking in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

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Rose Moehring

Rose Moehring

Excited to see the meatball recipe. Disappointed when I could not find the sauce recipe. Can you provide?

John Rhoe

John Rhoe

Well matched with the recommended sauce. OH YOW, YES! YUMM!!!



You mentioned you took a try at Maggiano’s Marinara Sauce, do you have a recipe for that? Our family loves the marinara sauce but the closest Maggiano's is a 6 hour drive.

Anthony Provenzale

Anthony Provenzale

When I go to visit my friends, they ask if I can bring some meatballs to the party!

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