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Three-Meat Meatballs and Tagliatelle

My classic three-meat meatballs with tagliatelle pasta is in regular rotation at my house.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Served
Calories 405 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 1 Lb. Ground beef
  • 1/2 Lb. Ground pork
  • 1/2 Lb. Ground veal
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan, grated or shaved
  • 1/2 Cup Pecorino Romano, grated
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, finely minced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 Cups Fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 Cups Lukewarm water
  • 1 Cup of Olive oil or Canola oil
  • 6 Cups Marinara Sauce
  • 1 Lb. Tagliatelle pasta
  • Grated Parmesan to finish
  • Chopped flat leaf parsley to finish


  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, and veal. Add the eggs, cheese, parsley, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Mix everything to combine. Add the breadcrumbs and mix again. Add the water, 1/2 cup at a time, until the mixture is really moist but everything is incorporated. Shape into 3-inch balls.
  • In a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat up the oil. When the oil is very hot but not smoking, fry the meatballs in batches. You’ll turn once or twice until brown on all sides. They will finish cooking in the marinara sauce. Remove the meatballs from the skillet and put on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.
  • While the meatballs are frying bring your homemade sauce to a low simmer in a large stock pot. Add the cooked and drained meatballs to the sauce and let cook 20-25 minutes until cooked through.
  • While the meatballs simmer, cook the pasta per the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta in a colander and then add to sauce. Alternatively, you can add the pasta back to the pot and add some of the sauce from the simmering meatball pot.  Toss the pasta so it is covered with sauce.  In shallow, pasta bowls, serve the meatballs over the pasta and sauce. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and serve additional grated Parmesan on the side. If you like the meatballs, try my Holiday Meatballs and my Lamb Meatballs with Baked Feta Pasta.


Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 30gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1264mgPotassium: 1159mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1063IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 4mg
Keyword dinner, pasta
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