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21 Mouthwatering meatball recipes that don't need spaghetti to shine

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Meatballs... Every culture has them, not just the Italians. Discover new meatball recipes, and celebrate National Meatball Day by throwing a fun meatball bar party with recipes inspired from around the globe.

1. Buffalo chicken meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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These Buffalo chicken meatballs are a delicious classic everyone loves. Imagine them inside a sub — so good.

2. Asian quinoa meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Asian quinoa meatballs are a perfect way to add protein and hearty grains to you diet. Thanks to the ever-so-popular quinoa, you'll feel fuller longer.

3. Super-easy Swedish meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Ikea, anyone? These super-easy Swedish meatballs were brought to fame by the ever-so-popular store, and now you can make them at home.

4. Hoisin Asian meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Inspired by traditional Asian condiments, these hoisin Asian meatballs would be delicious served over steamed jasmine rice or rice noodles.

5. Baked spinach and ricotta meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Oh goodness, we're drooling just staring at the photo of these baked spinach and ricotta meatballs.

6. Spicy garlic baked meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Bring on the heat with these spicy garlic baked meatballs packed with flavor.

7. Spicy Korean-style gochujang meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Korean condiment gochujang gets a makeover and is used in this recipe for spicy Korean-style gochujang meatballs. Delicious.

8. Hawaiian meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Hawaiian meatballs are sweet and savory, which we love to serve over rice.

9. Spicy harissa lamb meatballs with feta recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Ground lamb is such a gorgeous meat and shines in these spicy harissa lamb meatballs with feta.

10. Lentil meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

For the vegetarians, these lentil meatballs are a great substitute.

11. Bourbon barbecue meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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If you like your recipes with a hint of booze, then these bourbon barbecue meatballs are just the thing.

12. Fennel pork meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Fennel and pork go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, so these fennel pork meatballs are a no-brainer.

13. Tabasco chicken meatballs in spicy tomato and apricot sauce recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Tabasco chicken meatballs in spicy tomato and apricot sauce have great balance — the apricot sauce soothes the heat from the Tabasco.

14. Thai chicken meatball curry recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Thai chicken meatball curry is just the thing for a quick meal. Have the meatballs ready in the freezer, and just toss with curry sauce when you're ready to eat.

15. Mexican meatballs with 3 spicy dipping sauces recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Mexican meatballs with three spicy dipping sauces would make the ideal appetizers for a party — everyone loves to dip.

16. Greek meatballs with mint and dried apricots recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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If you're going to make meatballs, make them healthier like these Greek meatballs with mint and dried apricots. We're loving the fresh mint in these, which really makes the flavors shine.

17. Tropical teriyaki mango and apple meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Oh, if only we could be whisked away to a tropical paradise and enjoy these tropical teriyaki mango and apple meatballs underneath a palm tree.

18. Sweet chili baked meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

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Sweet chili baked meatballs is a recipe the entire family will love.

19. Chicken Parmesan meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Parmesan adds that little extra something in these chicken Parmesan meatballs. Serve over spaghetti for an extra-delicious meal.

20. Tunisian meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Image: Eat the Love

Tunisian meatballs have a variety of warm spices and herbs that will be unlike any other meatball you've ever tasted.

21. Tandoori lamb meatballs recipe

All the delicious ways to eat meatballs, no spaghetti required

Image: All Day I Dream about Food

Not only are tandoori lamb meatballs delicious, but you can serve them as kebabs as well.

More meatball recipes

Slow cooker cocktail meatballs
General Tso's meatballs
Easy turkey Parmesan meatballs

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