Meatballs with parsley, rosemary and parmesan – easy recipe

Meatballs with parsley, rosemary and parmesan – easy recipe

By 29/05/2017

The kids were over the moon today when I announced that lunch was going to be meatballs. I guess I have not make them in a while.

To my classic meatballs recipe I have added rosemary and lemon zest for a more perfumed taste. When I make them I usually do what my mum usually does, I just drizzle them with a little olive oil and I bake them in the oven. This makes them lighter and just as tasty.

This time I only had 10 minutes to cook them as we were just about to go out to meet a friend so I cooked them in a pan with a little oil. I served them with salad and lunch was ready in less than 25 minutes. They are quite filling as well and we did not need anything until dinner time.

The children are on school holidays this week so I am enjoying a little break but my daughter wants to bake cupcakes tomorrow so I guess I won't be that far away from the kitchen after all!

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Finely chop the rosemary needles, the parsley and the garlic clove. Put them in a bowl and mix them with the mince, the lemon zest, the eggs, salt and pepper, grated parmesan and 4 tbsp of breadcrumbs.

Meatballs with parmesan and herbs

Mix well with your hands and form small balls.


Roll them in breadcrumbs and fry them in a pan with a little hot olive oil. They will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Turn them on all sides so they will cook evenly.

Enjoy with fresh salad.

Meatballs with parsley, rosemary and parmesan cheese

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19 Responses to Meatballs with parsley, rosemary and parmesan – easy recipe

  1. elisabetta

    Mmm, delicious meatballs. I use the exact same ingredients as you Alida except for the rosemary and lemon zest. I love the idea of these two and I’m definitely going to add them to my meatballs next time. Let’s enjoy the warm and sunny weather!

    • Alida

      Yes let’s! Over here the heat comes and goes a bit but it is quite pleasant. Have a nice summer Elisabetta!

  2. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Miss GF adores meatballs too….. in fact she loves to make them as well as eat them! I will have to share your recipe with her xx

    • Alida

      I like to add several types of herbs but parsley is always a must for me.

  3. Gisella

    Looks like the perfect meatballs for spaghetti!
    And it only takes half an hour, too.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Alida

      You are very welcome Gisella, enjoy!

    • Alida

      This seems to be very popular with children, my children are mad about them!

  4. Margaret

    My grown-up daughter still get excited when I make meatballs, I guess we’re all kids when it comes to meatballs! Thanks for the tip about the olive oil drizzle, no wonder mine always come out too dry when I bake them. Nice recipe!

    • Alida

      Yes olive oil goes everywhere in the Italian cooking and it is a healthy fat to have so I never feel too guilty when I add it to salads and foods.

  5. Balvinder

    Nothing sounds better to me today than this, so perfect for a light meal!

    • Alida

      Yes good for mid-week!

  6. La cucina di Molly

    Buonissime, leggere e gustose con la cottura in forno; le polpette mettono tutti d’accordo, a noi in famiglia piacciono molto! Un bacione!

    • Alida

      Grazie carissima un abbraccio!

  7. Mrs S Wilson

    Why can’t I print the recipe ?

    • Alida

      Hi, at the end of the recipe there is a small “print” button on the left handside.

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