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Shape these tiny meatballs, then freeze for up to 3 months. There's no need to thaw before using; they will cook quickly right out of the freezer.

Source: Everyday Food, March 2005
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Cook's Notes

Frozen mini meatballs can also be used in soup or sauce: Simmer meatballs, covered, in liquid until cooked through, about 10 minutes. For equal-size meatballs, scoop out meat mixture with a teaspoon, using 2 scoops for each meatball. Then roll between your palms to shape into balls.

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  • Anne08
    21 SEP, 2012
    This has become one of my "go to" recipes when making dinner for friends in need of a hot meal (sick, new mother, etc.). It is easily delivered with a box of pasta and jarred spaghetti sauce (if you don't have time for homeade) in a bag or basket. I usually make it without the bacon and add extra cheese and parsley. I've also made it with the bacon, but I find it cooks up a bit too greasy, despite the delicious flavor the bacon adds. Definitely recommend!
  • olylance
    22 DEC, 2011
    1 tablespoon I meant.
  • olylance
    22 DEC, 2011
    1 teaspoon of breadcrumbs? Don't you mean 1 cup?
  • mareesha
    21 MAR, 2011
    Very tasty and quick enough to throw under the broiler for weeknight spaghetti
  • Beth1181
    27 DEC, 2010
    This recipe was absolutely delicious and I am grateful for it; my picky husband, AND my picky son both loved these!!! Very easy to make and freeze. Served with linguini and a plain spaghetti sauce and it was a hit!
  • whatwouldruthdo
    5 NOV, 2010
    The prep method worked out perfectly, but the flavor of the meatballs was disappointing. We had them in spaghetti with a tomato sauce, and they were bland at best. I will try the freezing approach again, but make the meatballs differently (without the bacon and with the addition of the spices I would ordinary put in meatballs). Overall this recipe is a dud, unfortunately. I'm going to come off sounding like a snot, but I can't imagine how these are the best meatballs anyone has eaten.
  • bucki824
    14 DEC, 2009
    Yes, raw bacon. I made them ahead and a double batch. They are great for a quick meal!
  • pt507
    19 MAY, 2009
    Any recipes for meatless meatballs?
  • JamieKC
    28 FEB, 2009
    Delicious in spaghetti and soups. I make a double batch and keep them in the freezer, a dozen per bag.
  • kpmeq
    1 FEB, 2009
    so you add raw bacon to the meat mixture?

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