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Traditional Beef Meatballs mixed with sautéed spinach.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
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.