Copy Cat Bucca di Beppo Meatballs


Copy Cat Bucca di beppo Meatballs ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~

I love spaghetti and meatballs! Like crazy Love it! Sometimes I could eat it everyday.  One of our favorite places to go is Bucca di Beppo’s.  If you haven’t been there let me tell you all about it.  It is the tackiest Long Island Italian living room you could possibly imagine.  {I actually saw some that were tackier when we lived there}  Think Goodfella’s  meet the Vatican.  It’s all done in fun and exciting ways as you weave your way from over decorated room to room.  Then you are seated and are faced with a menu that has more items than you could ever imagine.  Each serving is designed to feed 6-8 people!  Want something smaller, well too bad.  Small still feeds 3-4.

This is where you need to go when you have a crowd to feed and a group of people that you love spending time with.  This is not a pop in and out kind of restaurant.  You will need to wear your stretchy pants!

Copy Cat Bucca di beppo Meatballs ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~

For a meal that serves 6-8 people how big do you think each meatball has to be?  Well according to our waiter it is 1/2 pound.

Yes you read that right each Meatball is 1/2 Pound!!!  I am not sure that you can really get a feel of the massive size of these guys from these photos, but they are HUGE!!!

They taste amazing and I am so excited to share them with you.  I could never whittle out any info from our waiters to know really what the recipe is.  I had to rely on my palate and memory.

I am pretty proud to say that I NAILED IT!!!  I used a mixture of ground beef, ground italian sausage, bread crumbs and spices.

Copy Cat Bucca di beppo Meatballs ~ The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen ~

Your family is going to go crazy for this fun version of spaghetti and meatballs.  It’s a fun  twist on your regular versions.  One Meatball can be cut and shared with family members or if you are feeling like a pig out go ahead and eat a whole one yourself!!!

Copy Cat Bucca di Beppo Meatballs

Copy Cat Bucca di Beppo Meatballs

This is a Plaid and Paisley Original Recipe. Please feel free to make and share. All photos and content are copyrighted.


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 pound of ground Italian sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp each salt and pepper


  • preheat oven to 350
  • In a large mixing bowl
  • combine both meats
  • mix in both eggs
  • pour in the salt and pepper
  • mix in the bread crumbs
  • using your hands mix everything until completely combined
  • divide meat into 4-5 sections and form each section into a meat ball
  • place in a 9 x 13 baking dish
  • bake for 50 min
  • serve hot with your favorite pasta and sauce
  • Enjoy!
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  1. Lee says:

    I’ve heard a lot about Bucca di Beppo; have never been there. The essay says, “I used a mixture of ground beef, ground italian sausage, bread crumbs and spices” but there are no spices in the recipe except whatever might be in the Italian bread crumbs, salt & pepper. Did you use other spices??

  2. Bonnie says:

    Chandra, is that hot italian sausage or regular? Been looking for a good meatball recipe and will be trying this one.

  3. Bob Pierce says:

    I have found that dropping the uncooked meatballs directly into my sauce and cooking them on low for a couple of hours greatly improves the flavor and makes them more moist. Try it!

    • JudyP65 says:

      That’s the way my mother – in – law taught me to make the meatballs, just drop them in gently and put the sauce on low. Don’t try to stir it for an hour or so.

  4. Silvia Shiell says:

    I had the most unforgotable experience in Bucca di Beppo and of course i already kept the recipe, thanks a lot and i Will be so happy if i can have more

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