Welcome to the MelClaire Homemade Meatball Showdown Throwdown!!

It’s Meatball vs Meatball in this fun showdown!


Experience 2 different Italian Meatball Recipes in my family's Homemade Meatball Showdown Throw down! Both delicious but they are very different. Which meatball will you love the best?


My inspiration for this Homemade Meatball Showdown Throwdown came when my daughter recently told me that she had made her PawPaw’s meatballs and she knew he must be smiling down from Heaven! He probably was, but what I was thinking was ‘why did you make his when Grandma’s are so much better?’ Sorry Dad, but in my opinion, she’s got you beat here!

So-I need to know what you think, which is better?

For the sake of this little contest, I will post the recipes as One and Two, so you won’t know who you are voting on. This will give my mother some joy and fun while she is awaiting the results!! Daddy will be be up there in heaven laughing and happy either way it goes! 🙂

Both of the recipes are linked below so you can print each separately.

The recipes are found here ↓

Meatball 1 vs Meatball 2

Let’s all decide who’s meatballs are the best; PawPaw aka Sal (my father) or Grandma’s aka Mimi (my mother). Are you in?

But first…



 What are meatballs?


Some might think a meatball’s a meatball right? I’m here to tell you that is Absolutely NOT the case, all meatballs are not created the same!

Meatballs are balls of seasoned ground meat that can be made with beef, veal, pork, chicken, turkey or sausage. They can be used in all types of sauces, but are most recognized in the US in a tomato gravy or sauce that is served with Pasta aka Spaghetti and Meatballs. Did you know that Spaghetti and Meatballs is not a traditional Italian meal? It was created by Italian immigrants to the US! Wow, who knew?

There are countless ways to make meatballs. They come in all shapes and sizes. They are soaked in all different types of sauces from different regions of the world. Some aren’t even made with meat! Some are firm, some are soft, some are meaty, some are hot, Dr. Suess I am not! 😆 (Sorry I couldn’t resist)

I come from an Italian American family and was so surprised to hear that Spaghetti and Meatballs originated in the US. I had no idea! When I was a kid, my grandparents served lots of Spaghetti and Meatballs in their restaurant that was called “The Italian Restaurant”, so I just assumed…you know what they say about that! My bad.



What I Know About Meatballs


I have been watching my family cook Italian food my whole life. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll know that I LOVE PASTA! So I cook this stuff a lot. My Sicilian father “Sal” was a great cook who grew up in the Italian restaurant business. He never owned his own restaurant, but he did cook a lot and he taught my non-Italian mother how to cook many Italian dishes. I grew up eating a lot of spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and stuffed artichokes. Also a lot of garlic and bread with olive oil!! Yum-

Over the years I’ve worked with these recipes and have adapted some of them with my own touches as most home cooks do. I actually have a slightly different version for my meatball recipe, but for now though, I am going to leave my recipe out of the mix here. I don’t know if my ego can take going up against these other two! But I’ll share them at another time, because they are pretty good too!

Now you need a pasta sauce recipe! Why not cook one in the Slow Cooker?



C’mon, you know you do and I have the perfect recipe for just for you! I’d love you to give it a try. You can find the recipe for Nonna’s Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce-right here.

You can cook the sauce in the crockpot/Slow Cooker, add the browned meatballs to the sauce and let it cook all day while you’re at work! When you get home, cook up a batch of pasta and garlic bread and dinner is served!!

(Just a little note that the first time this post was done, it was set up as a contest between the two recipes. Since the contest is over now, I’ve updated the post without the contest information. BUT, I’d love to hear what you think about the recipes and which one you think would be better or is better if you decide to cook them!)




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