My mother-in-law Simonetta Bertolucci is from northern Italy and she's one of the healthiest people that I know. She loves to eat fresh wholesome organic food and is an amazing cook. I love her fresh pasta and dream of it all the time!!! Simonetta makes the most delicious Italian meatballs that my kids and I have ever eaten. My kids ask me to make Simonetta's Lemon Meatballs at least once a week and I do my best. Nothing like Nonna's cooking though!
I had never heard of Lemon Meatballs before I met Simonetta. In United States, we are used to American Italian restaurants selling Southern Italian-style meatballs smothered in tomato sauce. While that can be delicious sometimes, it tastes heavy so you can imagine my delight when I first tried these Lemon Meatballs with caramelized onions. They are light and so flavorful with the lemon zest, garlic, parsley, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The caramelized onions cooked with lemon juice is the perfect sauce to accompany the mouthwatering meatballs. It's so light and filling. I love to serve them with sautéed zucchini and carrots, some mashed potatoes or cooked baby potatoes.