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.

Sausage used in this recipe

Perri Sweet Italian Sausage packaged product
Sweet Italian Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Meatballs recipe
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15 Minutes

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20 Minutes

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8 Servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) PERRI® Sweet Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 11 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed, chopped, blanched and squeezed dry
  • 2 slices white bread, pulsed in a food processor to make crumbs
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1 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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