Sicilian Meatballs Recipe

I am really excited to share this recipe with you today.

My husband went away for business for a few days and when he came back I presented him with a warming hearty meal: Sicilian meatballs served with a delicious organic cabbage, spelt bread to mop up the juices and a good full bodied fruity Sicilian Nero d’Avola wine.

I bought very lean mince, made a sauce with tomatoes, added pinenuts and sultanas… the meat was so tender it was addictive! I swear this is one of the tastiest meals I have made in ages. This recipe would be fabulous for a dinner party and can be made in advance. This could also be a good sauce for pasta.

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Sicilian Meatballs Recipe

By 08/10/2015

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 35 minutes



Cut the bread into pieces and soak it in little warm water. In a colander wash the sultanas under warm running water and set aside.

Chop finely the parsley and the garlic.

chopping parsley

In a bowl put the mince, the squeezed bread, the chopped garlic and parsley, the egg, salt and pepper, Pecorino or Parmesan cheese and using your hands combine well all your ingredients.

ingredients in the bowl

Form small balls the size of a walnut.

Making Sicilian meatballs

making sicilian  meatballs

In a large pan heat up 4 tbsp of olive oil and when it is hot add the meatballs. Brown them for 5 minutes or so turning them to allow them to cook evenly then remove them from the pan and put them on a plate.

Chop the onion finely. In the same pan add 2 tbsp of olive oil and the onion; stir fry until translucent for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, the basil leaves, salt and pepper and let it bubble up for 10 minutes. Stir from time to time. Add the meatballs, the sultanas and the pinenuts and continue cooking for a further 20 minutes over a low heat.

Sicilian Meatballs

Serve this fantastic dish with a robust and fruity red wine. What a fantastic meal this was! If you make it too I am sure you will love it.

Sicilian meatballs recipe

I received an apron and teatowel from Brainbox Candy to review. No payment was received. All opinions are my own.

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203 Responses to Sicilian Meatballs Recipe

  1. Adri

    I love meatballs, and this recipe sounds great. I am in the United States of America, so count me out of your Giveaway, but I bet your winners will be thrilled Speaking of thrilled, I am very pleased to have found your site!

  2. Tracey Peach

    English Hearty Meals πŸ™‚

  3. jules eley

    Italian is my favourite πŸ™‚

  4. Chris Andrews

    What’s your favourite type of cuisine? . . . . . . lndian

  5. Susan Williams

    I love all things Italian, so I’m definitely going to try this meatball recipe out. Looks great

  6. Lauren Tourle

    I love Asian food πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      Thank you sweetie x

  7. Kim Neville

    I love italian food especially chicken in a mushroom sauce

  8. pete c

    my favourite is Indian cuisine

  9. Samantha Loughlin

    Mine is Italian

  10. clair downham

    italian thankyou

  11. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    What a beautiful bowl of meatballs…Love your recipe, somewhat similar to mine. Glad to see that you have fried them instead of baking them. I fry mine and then add them to the sauce to cook more. I just don’t use pinenuts, but I will try that next time…So happy that your husband enjoyed his dinner…I love that apron and the tea towels are also nice. Wonderful post! Have a good rest of the day!
    Dottie πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      Thanks Dottie, I still have some leftover meatballs, they last really well in the fridge and I have made two meals out of them. I know you make very good meatballs, your mum certainly knew how to make them!

  12. Claire D

    Italiam for me

  13. Sarah Spencer


  14. Lynn Heath

    I love Thai!

  15. ashleigh allan

    Thai !

  16. Rhonda


  17. iain maciver


  18. Paul Scotland

    Italian – especially anything with garlic in it

  19. laura banks

    it would have to be italian for me

  20. Deb Alexander

    We love Chinese in our house! x

  21. jessica woods

    We love Indian food in our house nice hot and spicy πŸ™‚

  22. Susan Sargent

    Love Indian food

  23. Shirley Evans

    I love Indian

  24. Lyla Horley

    Hearty British Fayre

  25. amy bondoc

    Love mexican food

  26. Sally Collingwood

    British through and through, give me a sunday roast any day of the week!

  27. kirstie kenton

    Love Italian food.

  28. Emily Knight

    It depends on my mood, but it’s a toss up between Turkish and Japanese!

  29. claire blaney

    Italian i cant get enough of it x

  30. Becky Yeomans

    Indian!! Wish I could eat it everyday! πŸ™‚

  31. Joanne Hutchings

    All sorts! But I’m a big fan of Chinese food.

  32. laura stewart

    Italian lovely xx

  33. julie kenny

    Italian is my favourite

  34. Alice Fox

    Indian is my fav at the moment xx

  35. gemma brown

    north african

  36. Lisa Everaert

    Its extremely close between Chinese and Italian. If forced to pick though, Chinese for us x

  37. Sarah-Jane Laycock

    Italian flavours and pasta float my boat – often emulated, never surpassed, this is 100% my favourite type of cuisine

  38. Agnieszka Sady

    I would say – European! Polish, Swedish and Italian in particular!

  39. michelle banks

    chinese x

  40. Lisa Parker

    I love all types but my favourite is italian x

  41. Kirsty Fox

    I love Indian especially a lovely creamy chicken korma

  42. Amandeep Sibia


  43. John Tingay

    I like stews – doesn’t matter where in the world they originate.

  44. Beth Bowdler


  45. caroline walliss

    I love Chinese.x

  46. Laura Pritchard

    I’m a bit boring & like “nursery food” like cottage pie or steak & chips.

  47. Max Power

    Hmmmm, can I pick everything. If i had to pick I’d have to go Chinese.

  48. Joanne Greer

    I love most cuisines, if I would have to choose I would pick Italian.

  49. Alix Smith

    I love Indian food

  50. speedy70

    Quanto mi piacciono queste sugose polpettine…. meritano la scarpetta!!!!

  51. Jo m Welsh

    I love Indian food

  52. Rhia

    Indian or Moroccan! I just love curries and tagines

  53. Kevin Honey

    Italian, especially pizza

  54. Elisabetta

    Our meatballs are identical Alida the only difference is that mum would skip the frying part and just cook them in the tomato sugo. Gonna make them again, alla siciliana naturalmente. Need to get a bottle of the divine Nero D’Avola, sigh πŸ™‚

    • Alida

      Brava! Meatballs are so delicious especially if you pair them with a good red wine!

  55. Steven Bufton

    I like Italian food.

  56. kayleigh Bates

    Italian x

  57. Sarah Bacchus

    I love anything with a bit of spice – Indian, Thai, Mexican x

  58. Natalie Charman

    I love Chinese food!!

  59. Stacey Roberson

    Love, love, love Italian food.

  60. Corinne Peat

    I love Spanish cuisine. Love tapas, calamari is my favourite!


    Italian has to be my favourite



  63. C Kennedy

    Italian food is my favourite

  64. Stephanie Whitehouse

    Overall I think I’d go for Greek – uncomplicated, but interesting and tasty

  65. La cucina di Molly

    Che bel piatto saporito e invitante, sono troppo buone, bravissima Alida!
    Buona domenica, ciao!

  66. Jackie ONeill

    Royal Thai cuisine

  67. Karen K


  68. Helen tovell

    We like a variety but Italian is our favourite

  69. Theresaparker

    Love italian

  70. Hayley Lynch


  71. Lucy Igoe

    Looks good

  72. Tracy Gladman


  73. samantha walker

    i do love chinese, its always a friday treat in our house as its my daughters dance night and such a rush around.

  74. Julie Quarterman

    Has to be Chinese. Yummy

  75. Holly Gibson

    Probably Chinese! The proper veggie stir fries!

  76. Sarah Lee

    It’s got to be Italian πŸ™‚

  77. kimberley ryan

    Mexican, I just love the chilli and spices πŸ™‚

  78. Gill


  79. Lynda S

    I love a good roast dinner πŸ™‚

  80. Ruth Harwood

    I love stir fry and pasta dishes xx

  81. Liam Bishop

    Mexican, yum!


    I love Italian food

  83. Megan Kinsey

    Italian – always a winner for me!

  84. Nat thomason

    Love meatballs

  85. Jayne T

    Mine is Italian.

  86. aaron broad

    My favourite is Chinese

  87. Sue McCarthy

    My favourite meal is Pizza!

  88. Natasha Gandy

    Has to be Italian or Chinese πŸ™‚

  89. claire woods


  90. Jon Sellers

    Anything Greek, particularly Stifado, Kleftiko and Soussoukakia

  91. michelle pierce

    i love italian food


    English, nothing wrong with a good old Cottage Pie

  93. Stevie

    I like the traditional British roast on a Sunday.

  94. Tammy Tudor

    It has to be Italian

  95. Solange


  96. Eileen Sumner

    Love British then italian

  97. Helen Humphries


  98. Rachel Butterworth

    Italian food is delicious.

  99. David Clarke

    My favourite type of cuisine is Italian however I cannot ignore British Roast πŸ˜›

  100. betony Bennett

    Pizza or Thai πŸ™‚

  101. Kirsty Woods

    Italian, love pasta

  102. Pam Smith

    Nothing beats a good British Roast Dinner. Having said that, I love to try different recipes from around the world.

  103. Ray Becker

    Italian love pasta

  104. carole n

    Love chinese .

  105. Margaret Clarkson

    West Indian – nothing nicer than fried chicken with rice and peas.

  106. Gillian Hale

    Italian for everyday, and Chinese for special occasions

  107. Michelle Wild

    Greek at the moment, I alternate. I host themed dinner parties the next is Greek night on halloween.

  108. Katie Skeoch

    I love Italian food, olives & sundried tomatoes

  109. Lucia Critchley

    Indian πŸ™‚

  110. Dinah Butcher

    I love Italian and Mexican food, it’s too hard to pick a favourite!!

  111. Monica Gilbert

    It would have to be either Italian or Chinese.

  112. Danielle Cresswell

    Thai food is wonderful.

  113. Allan Wilson

    Rural french cuisine

  114. Helen Adams

    Italian is my favourite x

  115. Laura Kevlin

    Mexican! πŸ™‚

  116. donna l jones

    Italian is my favourite

  117. Rachel white

    I’m Italian too… nothing beats our style πŸ™‚

  118. Rosie Holloway

    I love Greek food but I’m going to give this meatball recipe a try as it looks delicious πŸ™‚

  119. Katie

    I love a lot of cuisines but it always comes back to Italian, theres just something very comforting about it!

  120. Joanna Rubies

    I like Indian food.

  121. Lauren Old


  122. Ann Williams

    I hadn’t realised how easy it was to make meatballs from scratch. Will certainly be trying this recipe

  123. Becca Staples

    I like Italian x

  124. Alison Tripp

    Italian x

  125. jemma dwyer

    Vietnamese or chinese πŸ™‚ x

  126. Michaela Smith

    British πŸ™‚

  127. Katie Walker

    I love Indian

  128. Patricia Avery

    British πŸ™‚

  129. rebecca howe

    I love all cuisines, particularly Chinese… it’s my fave to cook too!

  130. Susan Trubey

    I love all foods.

  131. Elzbieta Znyk


  132. Kerry Kilmister

    i love Indian food – the more authentic the better.

  133. Karen R

    I like Italian best πŸ™‚

  134. Phyllis May Ellett

    Really getting into Eastern European at the moment.

  135. elaine stokes


  136. Tim Woolfenden

    Asian cuisine for me. Love the variety of spices..

  137. Lucy Robinson

    We love Italian. x

  138. Purmala Shrestha

    I like Thai curry and Italian pasta.

  139. Kat Allinson


  140. Rebecca Howells

    I love Italian food – I think I will try that recipe for my fiance and alter it slightly to make mine vegetarian. (@PeanutHog)

  141. gemma nisbet

    I love Italian food. Pizza pasta and olives all the way.

  142. Alison Barker


  143. Chris Fletcher

    My flatmate has been introducing me to lots of Colombian food – it has been very interesting!

  144. Keshia Esgate

    I love Italian! I am a carboholic!

  145. Barbara Handley

    Traditional British followed by Italian.

  146. Kristy Brown

    I’m a big fan of Italian (it’s the Garlic) followed by Chinese

  147. Val Pownall

    I love Thai food!

  148. jodie harvey

    indian πŸ™‚

  149. EJ Dunn

    Lebanese is my absolute favourite

  150. Sheri Darby

    I love Italian cooking

  151. lora

    I love Greek, lots of lamb and olives

  152. Ali Thorpe

    I love many kinds but Italian is the cuisine I fall back on when I want something fresh and hearty.

  153. Ellie Spider

    probably american but its hard to choose as there are so many foods i enjoy

  154. Brenda Wilkes

    Italian – particularly pizza

  155. Mandy S

    I like all types of cuisine, but the best for using hands and picking things out is Mexican Fajitas

  156. Iris W

    I love italian food

  157. Charmian Filewood

    British or Italian, I’m not a very spicy person lol

  158. Danika Grace Lloyd


  159. alice lightning

    British followed by other cuisines I like to try

  160. lindsay chadburn




  162. Kate Phillips


  163. Susan B

    My favourite cuisine is Antipodean. It’s a mix of British, Asian, Pacific Island and local food – all bathed in glorious sunshine.

  164. Miss Tracy Hanson

    Absolutely love Italian food. Had a pizza for tea last night and JUST had tuna pasta for dinner. πŸ™‚ Luckily most of our house love Italian as well, so there’s no complaints. Lasagne for tea. πŸ™‚

  165. Dawn McBride

    Indian for me, i do love a mexican too. Oooooh! xx

  166. tina edwards

    i love mexican food

  167. Minnie15

    Mexican πŸ™‚ x

  168. Mike Gerrie

    I love Chinese food

  169. Caroline Signey


  170. Sammy


  171. Nikki Hunter-Pike

    Traditioal British fayre, especially anything with suet in it!

  172. Christine Evans

    Love just about anything, Italian, Chinese, French, English, you name it, I like it

  173. Michaela Hannah

    We love Italian food!


    Italian β™₯

  175. Kim Styles

    Italian-I have not found a recipe I don’t love – yum!

  176. Kerry W

    I love spicy Mexican!

  177. Emma Ellams

    Italian πŸ™‚

  178. Debbie

    Depends on my mood as I love Italian, Turkish, African, Croatian, French, Indian and to be different American!
    Is there an alternative to a tomato base sauce for meatballs?

    • Alida

      You don’t always need to serve meatballs with tomato sauce. I often make them and serve them just with salad. If you like a dip, yogurt with finely chopped parsley and capers would be a good one.

  179. Gemma Massey

    Italian x

  180. Nicola

    English! I love a roast beef dinner πŸ™‚

  181. Pauline Black

    Mexican food! It’s soooooo tasty and colourful!

  182. AnnaH


  183. Victoria Prince

    If I had to pick one it would be British, but I love so many different countries! Particularly into Mediterranean atm

  184. Natalie Crossan

    Italian food x

  185. nicola james

    italian or indian

  186. Sue Olivant

    Made this dish and froze it to have when we got back from a fab trip to Costa Rica – it was delish and so easy to prepare. Went down nicely with a bottle of Farinelli – our favourite wine at the moment. Thanks for the recipe.
    Hope you are all well. Did you get to Italy for Easter?
    Sue xxx

    • Alida

      Hi I am pleased you enjoyed it! Yes Easter in Italy is always good and so much to eat as always!

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