spinach and beef meatballs traditional Italian meatball recipe mixed with sauteed spinach 6-8


January 12, 2020 2 Comments

Spinach and beef meatballs are a delicious variation on traditional meatballs. So good and easy to make.

From the recipe collection of Al Dente Diva

Spinach and Beef Meatballs

Im from a primarily Italian community in a very small town in Northern New Jersey. I don’t mean to brag or anything but we know our meatballs and sauce, too, for that matter.

That said, I’ve made a lot of meatballs in my life. Making slight changes ever not now and then to switch things up a little nothing too drastic though.

For example, sometimes I’ll sauté the onion and garlic, other times I’ll purée it and make a paste. There have even been times that I’ve used onion and garlic powder instead of the real thing.

It’s about time I made something different!

Something Different

When I opened my fridge to grab the usual meatball making ingredients I saw a bag of spinach I had gotten from the grocery store.

I took it out to make it as a side. Then thought maybe I’d including the spinach into the actual meatballs themselves. Why not?

Could be great. It would be something different at the very least.

I’m so glad I decided to go out of the box and try something new. I loved it!

Even my picky 2 year old ate these spinach meatballs like it was nothing. He didn’t even care about the “green stuff”.

If you’re in the mood for a little change, I hope that you give this one a try.


  • Ground Beef
  • Spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • Egg
  • Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • Milk
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, & Italian seasoning
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Onion
  • Tomato Sauce

How To Do It:

First, Sauté the spinach in olive oil with a little chopped onion & garlic. Season with salt & pepper.

Next, warm the tomato sauce. Use whatever you normally do for pasta/ meatballs.

But if you need a recipe, here’s my families homemade Basic Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe.

Now let the spinach cool slightly. Then, in a large bowl, add the beef, egg, breadcrumbs, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.

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Now mix it until it’s well combined. Don’t over mix though. The meatballs will be too tough and dense if you do that.

Next roll the mixture into little spinach meatballs.

Place the meatballs into either an oven safe skillet or baking dish with the tomato sauce.

Then bake them at 350° for about 45 minutes.

Finally finished. Don’t they look awesome?!

Let theses spinach meatballs cool slightly before eating them.

Spinach was an awesome addition to my already delicious meatballs. Can’t wait to try it again. This was a really nice way to switch it up.

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I hope you like this one.

💜 Al Dente Diva


Traditional Beef Meatballs mixed with sautéed spinach.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: breakfast recipe, meatballs, spinach, spinachmeatballs
Author: Al Dente Diva


  • large oven safe skillet or baking dish


  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Large Bag Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tbs Chopped onion
  • 1 Cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbs each Garlic Powder, Onion powder, Italian seasoning.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Jar Tomato Sauce Or homemade sauce
  • Parsley for garnish


  • Sauté the spinach in olive oil, chopped garlic & chopped onion. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Once the spinach is wilted, set it aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the beef, egg, and breadcrumbs.
  • Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs and let them soften up.
  • Add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder. (About 1 tbs of each)
  • Season with salt and pepper. (I don’t love giving our measurements for these because people tend to have different preferences).
  • Add the cooked spinach and mix until just combined.
  • Form into medium sized meatballs.
  • Add the tomato sauce to a large skillet or baking dish.
  • Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce. Just enough sauce so the meatballs are covered.
  • Bake at 350° for about 45 mInutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Garnish with parsley.



I did not use chopped garlic and onion for a reason. I’d rather a smooth textured meatball with the spinach. But of course the choice is yours. 
Also, I will chop the spinach into smaller pieces next time just to spread it throughout more evenly. Last thing, dont over mix the meatballs. They will be very dense if you mix it too much.
Tara Ippolito

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