Mini Meatballs served with Parsley Pesto Paste

Mini Meatballs with Parsley Pesto Paste

Mini Meatballs with Parsley Pesto these are great as an appetizer or  al fresco Spring/Summer entertaining.  This recipe makes approximately 24-26 mini meatballs, serving size will change if using for appetizer or entree.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • Meatballs
  • 2-4 2 extra large or 4 medium eggs
  • 1 lb Veal, double ground (if possible)
  • 1 lb Ground Beef, (I like lean, double ground if possible)
  • 2 cloves Garlic pressed
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano, grated, imported if available
  • 1 cup Unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • Seasoned Pepper mix to taste or fresh ground pepper
  • Olive oil spray or drizzle
  • Salt to taste (The cheeses are quite salty, so salt sparingly
  • Parsley Pesto
  • 2 cups Loosely packed flat leafed parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 2 cloves Garlic, pressed
  • 2 tbls Pinoli nuts
  • 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Water
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Meatballs

    In a mixing bowl, add ground meats, grated cheeses, eggs, crushed garlic, pepper mix,  salt and breadcrumbs, mix well but do not over will toughen the meat

  3. On a oven sheet pan covered with parchment paper roll the meatballs into preferred size  (I like smaller than golf balls) place in rows on the sheet pan

    Spray with olive oil Spitzer, or spray olive oil, if not drizzle oil over the meatballs, bake 20-30 minutes.  Meatballs will start to turn a golden brown

  4. Parsley Pesto

    Add Parsley leaves, garlic, cheeses, olive oil, pinoli nuts and fresh ground pepper into either a food processor or blender, blend or process until smooth and creamy, add teaspoons of water to thin out the mixture if necessary.  You can play with the thickness of the pesto with olive oil and water for a thinner consistency.

    Test for salt after blended since the cheeses tend to be very salty.

  5. These can be served hot or at room temperature, with the pesto alongside

    Mini Meatballs served with Parsley Pesto Paste