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Sweet Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Meatballs

Make a batch of Perri® Sweet Italian Sausage meatballs and store them in the freezer for a quick meal any day of the week.  Just add meatballs to a favorite red gravy or create a meatball sandwich.  If broccoli rabe isn’t available, fresh spinach is a great substitute.

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Sausage used in this recipe Sweet Italian Sausage
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15 Minutes
20 Minutes
8 Servings
  • package (16 ounces) PERRI® Sweet Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed, chopped, blanched and squeezed dry
  • slices white bread, pulsed in a food processor to make crumbs
  • lemon, zested
  • egg yolks
  • teaspoons fresh minced garlic
  • tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • cup shredded Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Red gravy or pasta sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. In a bowl, combine the broccoli rabe, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, egg yolks, garlic, parsley, cheese and milk. Add sausage; mix with hands to combine.

  3. Divide into 24 equal-sized portions and roll into balls.

  4. Arrange meatballs on a shallow baking pan and bake until golden brown and fully cooked; 15-20 minutes.  Serve with red gravy or pasta sauce.

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