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Roman Meatballs with Arrabbiata Sauce

These Roman Meatballs have pine nuts, golden raisins, red pepper flakes, herbs and cheeses, then are simmered in a zesty and spicy Arrabbiata Sauce. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meatball recipe, pasta sauce recipe, roman meatballs
Servings: 4
Calories: 820kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup pinenuts
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup each parmesan and Romano cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 batch arrabbiata sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl thoroughly. Roll into 16 balls and arrange on a baking sheet or pan with sides. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from pan and add to a stock pot with your favorite marina or arrabbiata sauce (See Recipe link in post). Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over pasta of choice.


Feel free to use any marinara sauce of choice, but this goes well with my Homemade Arrabbiata Sauce.


Calories: 820kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.8g | Protein: 53.1g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 23.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23.8g | Trans Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 235.8mg | Sodium: 929.8mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 8.6g