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    Making Mayo’s Recipes: Italian meatballs

Weekend cooking project: Make meatballs and chill in fridge. These Italian meatballs are the perfect make-ahead meal. You can freeze uncooked meatballs in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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  1. 1/3 large onion, minced
  2. 2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  3. 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  4. 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons egg substitute
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  8. 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef


Heat the oven to 350 F. In a small saucepan, saute the onions and garlic until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat. In a medium bowl, combine the onions, cheese, parsley, garlic, egg substitute, salt and pepper; mix well. Add the beef; gently mix with hands until just combined. Form mixture into 1-inch meatballs — about 3/4 ounces each. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until meatballs reach an internal temperature of 160 F.