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Recipe for How to Make Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

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How to Make Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

Recipe for meatballs without breadcrumbs

Recipe for meatballs without breadcrumbs

How to Make Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

MEATBALLS RECIPE : HOW TO MAKE MEATBALLS WITHOUT BREADCRUMBS

Meatballs are very hearty and filling. This meat recipe article discusses how to make delicious meatballs without breadcrumbs!

A delicious spaghetti and meatballs dinner is very satisfying. Is it possible to make meatballs without breadcrumbs? Yes! Would you like to know how, with a good meatballs without breadcrumbs recipe?

Please continue reading to see how to make meatballs without breadcrumbs!

With this how to make meatballs without breadcrumbs recipe, I prepared beef meatballs, but you can surely make the meatballs with any of a variety of other types of meat such as chicken, pork or ground lamb meat if you prefer to do so.

  • I had some lean ground beef in the freezer and was in the mood to make some beef meatballs, but I had no breadcrumbs on hand for making the meatballs.
  • I had never made meatballs without this ingredient, breadcrumbs before, and I did not know of any good substitutions for the breadcrumbs.

Whether you don't have breadcrumbs in the pantry or just don't eat this food item, there are still many ways to make firm, delicious meatballs without the help of breadcrumbs.

It is possible to use other types of ingredients to bind the meatballs and help the meatballs to hold their shape.

Possible Breadcrumb Substitutes

  • Uncooked rice
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Crushed-up crackers

When I was thinking about how to make the meatballs, I decided to have my how to make meatballs without breadcrumbs recipe include bits from each of these breadcrumb substitutions, along with the spice mixture that I generally like to use for the meatballs. My meatballs without breadcrumbs are full of flavor—they are even a bit spicy.

HOW TO MAKE MEATBALLS WITHOUT BREADCRUMBS

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef, rinsed and drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons white rice, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons white flour
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Extra virgin olive oil for cooking

Instructions

  1. For this how to make meatballs without breadcrumbs recipe, if the meat is frozen, allow it to thaw completely. Rinse and drain.
  2. In a bowl, combine the meat with all spices. Add 1 egg and mix.
  3. Mix in uncooked rice and flour. Continue to combine until mixture is uniformly blended.
  4. Shape into balls.
  5. In a skillet that is coated with olive oil, saute meatballs and allow to cook until they turn from pink to brown.
In a bowl, combine the ground meat and all of the spices.

In a bowl, combine the ground meat and all of the spices.

Add the egg and mix.

Add the egg and mix.

Mix in uncooked rice and flour. Continue to blend until uniformly combined.

Mix in uncooked rice and flour. Continue to blend until uniformly combined.

Shape meat mixture into balls.

Shape meat mixture into balls.

Cook in olive oil until the coloring turns from pink to brown.

Cook in olive oil until the coloring turns from pink to brown.

Preparing the Tomato Sauce

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Tomatoes and salt for sauce.

Tomatoes and salt for sauce.

Ingredients

  • fresh tomatoes, washed
  • salt

Instructions

  1. For this how to make meatballs without breadcrumbs recipe, wash tomatoes and cut the skin in crosses.
  2. Place into simmering water until the skins peel back.
  3. Peel the skins off while the tomatoes are still warm. Cut out the bit where the stem joins the tomato.
  4. Puree in a stick blender or food processor.
  5. Push puree through sieve to remove seeds.
  6. Add to skillet with meatballs. Simmer with salt and a little citric acid or lemon juice. Add a little water to thin if desired.
  7. Allow to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
Wash the tomatoes and cut the skin in crosses.

Wash the tomatoes and cut the skin in crosses.

Place tomatoes in simmering water and allow to cook until skin peels back.

Place tomatoes in simmering water and allow to cook until skin peels back.

Peel the skins off while the tomatoes are warm. Remove the stems.

Peel the skins off while the tomatoes are warm. Remove the stems.

Pouring pureed tomatoes through a sieve.

Pouring pureed tomatoes through a sieve.

Meatballs Without Breadcrumbs

Add sauce to cooked meatballs and allow to simmer for at least ten minutes before serving.

Add sauce to cooked meatballs and allow to simmer for at least ten minutes before serving.

Serve over the pasta of your choice.

Serve over the pasta of your choice.

Choose Your Pasta

Have these meatballs with your choice of pasta

Pair this meatballs without breadcrumbs recipe with your choice of pasta. I recommend eating spaghetti or fettuccine with the breadcrum free meatballs. I use a whole wheat fettuccine for a bit more fiber.

Spaghetti and meatballs is often presented with the meatballs and sauce over the pasta and not mixed in. For the best taste, I mix the sauce and meatballs without breadcrumbs together to infuse their flavor. The result is quite delicious!

Enjoy!

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Alternatives to Pasta

If you are avoiding pasta, consider these healthy alternatives:

  • Meatballs and sauce with a side salad.
  • Meatballs and sauce with cooked butternut squash.

What do you prefer?

What would be your favorite type of meatballs to prepare and eat?

Please rate this recipe. Thanks!

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© 2011 Nyesha Pagnou MPH

Comments

Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on February 12, 2020:

Thanks so much to everyone who has posted comments since I last moderated comments on this meatballs recipe hub (a long time ago)! I really appreciate your comments.

I'm glad that some of you have tried out the recipe & you and your kids liked it!

Hannah, that's great. Thanks.

Of course, you can make little changes to this recipe as desired.

I realize that some of you want to exclude the rice or cook it first for a more tender consistency.

DORA, I haven't tried preparing this meatballs recipe in a slow cooker or crockpot yet but I'm sure that can be done well.

DORA DELTORO on May 01, 2018:

can I use a Crock pot for these homemade meatballs raw?

Jessica on April 14, 2018:

this recipe is amazing! helps if you cook the rice first. also i find it tastes better in the oven

Tandika on February 15, 2018:

Hi I tried your recipe loved it very flavorful. One question how can I get the rice to become more tender. But love the flavor will make it again

um Abdullah on July 29, 2017:

good recipe, especially for people who are allergic to wheat. Thank you

Hannah on March 21, 2017:

This was a great recipe my kids loved it. Thank you.

Nicola on February 27, 2017:

Fab recipe but rice not needed, and the rice stays hard during cooking process so not very nice to eat, but defo will use in future just using egg and flour...

Me on January 03, 2017:

Made these according to recipe. Will definitely leave the rice out next time. Otherwise, good flavor. Maybe amend the recipe to not include rice? I think it would stick fine with the egg and flour alone. Still added rice because I thought maybe you were on to something!

RTalloni on May 23, 2016:

Was recently wondering how best to make these without carbs. Of course the answer is eggs. My duh moment for the day. (I hope.) Thanks much.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on April 21, 2016:

Hi Nya, you're welcome. Thanks so much for your nice and appreciative comment. Take care.

Nya on March 01, 2016:

Wow! Thank you for sharing this... Just finished my cooking my meatballs. Hubby will love these.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on February 19, 2015:

Hi Kristen, thank you so much for your kind comment. Yes, I prepared some chicken meatballs just recently. Beef, turkey and chicken would all be great for meatballs.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 17, 2015:

Interesting recipe. Great hub. I'm sure you can do the same with ground chicken or turkey for a poultry-version of meatballs, too.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH (author) from USA on May 31, 2013:

Hi Lisa, I'm thrilled that you liked the recipe. I'm glad it was helpful to you. Thanks for your generous comment.

DREAM ON, It's been so long and I haven't been back to moderate your comment but thanks for your comment as well.

Lisa on May 30, 2013:

I tried this meatball recipe tonight and loved it! They were amazing! I'm saving the recipe for next time... For me I did not add the rice but they were perfect.. I also bakked them instead of frying.. Thank you for this recipe! Xx

DREAM ON on January 12, 2012:

What a great idea.I will have to give it a try.It looks so good.

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