Maggiano’s Meatballs Recipe – Copycat

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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 Recipe

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.

Maggiano's Meatballs Recipe

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.


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Maggiano's Meatballs
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 35 mins


  • 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 


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Transfer meatballs to a baking dish and continue cooking in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Calories: 400 Carbohydrates: 12 Protein: 23 Fat: 27 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 102 Sodium: 805 Potassium: 353 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 315 Vitamin C: 3.1 Calcium: 177 Iron: 2.9
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Tara Pittman

These would be perfect to make on pasta night. Meatballs are always a good thing with pasta.


Carol Bryant

You truly, madly, deeply have me drooling. OMGoodness these sound delectable. Must try!


Kerrie Mendoza

I love homemade meatballs. So much more taste than pre-made. I am saving this recipe for making these in the future. They look amazingly delicious!



These look DELICIOUS! Meatballs are a huge hit in my house but we haven’t had them in a very long time! I need to try these!



Those sure do look delicious. Having homemade meatballs are the best. My youngest loves it when we have meatballs too. I'll have to give this recipe a try next.



One of the very few things my son will eat without an argument is meatballs, so I am always looking for new ways to make them. This is now saved for me to try this weekend! Thanks for sharing :)



What an amazingly hearty dish! I love Maggianos too, such an awesome restaurant!



My family loves spaghetti and meatballs! I am going to have to try this recipe soon.



Oh my gosh this sounds so so good! 


Ruth I

A delicious dish that my family would love! I am excited to try this. So happy that I can make a big batch and freeze it.



My boys LOVE meatballs. They thank you I advance. ;)


Claudia Krusch

My family loves spaghetti and meatballs! I can't wait to try your recipe, it looks sooo good!



DELICIOUS!! I made them in a baking dish with sauce and cheese, baked and then served on small rolls as meatball sliders.


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