Goodfellas-Inspired Meatball Recipe

Who’s seen Goodfellas? Yes, its violent. Very violent. But its one of my favourite films. Not because of the profanity and gore. No. Because there is a scene where it shows you the proper way to prepare garlic.

Now that’s how you prepare garlic. Elsewhere in the film a traditional Italian meatball dish is prepared, which is the inspiration for this meat feast.

Serving up meatballs the Italian way requires scale: make enough to feed ten. To recreate this classic dish you will need:

  • Pork and Beef Mince (Ground for those on the other side of the Atlantic – mince or ground – which sounds worse?)
  • Capsicum peppers
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Lots of tomatoes (fresh and tinned)
  • Chicken stock
  • Red wine (half a bottle should do)
  • Mixed dried herbs
  • One egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cooking chorizo (not often you see a Brit use the letter ‘z’)


First off of course you need to cut up the garlic wafer thin so it ‘melts in the oil’ a la ‘Goodfellas’. It helps to have something by Matt Munro playing at this point:

Unfortunately razor blades were not available

Now fry the garlic, onion and pepper in olive oil until soft.

Then add the tomatoes and wine and simmer:

While the sauce is cooking away gently, prepare the meatballs. Put the meat, breadcrumbs, herbs and egg in a bowl and combine gently – don’t mash it too hard – the balls will get too solid – break up the meat slowly and kind of fold it in so you dont squeeze all the air out.

Then make meatballs using your hands and fry in a skillet turning frequently to brown all over:

Great wedding present – the skillet not the meatballs

Now add the balls to the sauce. Cut the chorizo in half and add that too:

Continue cooking, until the sauce thickens up. Then serve up these steaming balls of loveliness with pasta ribbons and a nice glass of something ruby red!

Pauly himself would be proud!

9 thoughts on “Goodfellas-Inspired Meatball Recipe

  1. Pingback: Now that’s a spicy meat-a ball! « Happiness Stan Lives Here

  2. I see the square plate! Good on you for making your own sauce too; sometimes i just can’t be bothered haha but i know it does make a big difference. Thanks for stopping by my little blog.

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