How To Heat

Q How do you heat Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A Heat on the stovetop by adding frozen meatballs to unheated gravy or spaghetti sauce. Heat gravy or sauce as directed. Stir until hot.

Heat in the microwave by arranging the meatballs in a circle on a microwave-safe dish. Cover. Always heat on high (100%). For 1 serving (4 meatballs), heat for ½ minute, rotate dish 1/4 turn and heat for an additional 1/2 minute or until hot.

To heat meatballs in gravy or sauce in the microwave, heat for 1 minute per serving (4 meatballs). Add 1 can gravy (8-12 oz.) or 1 jar spaghetti sauce (14-16 oz.). Stir to coat meatballs. Heat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until hot, stirring once.

Preparation

Q How do you recommend preparing Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A Mama Lucia® Meatballs are great in traditional Italian dishes, meatball sandwiches and many other recipes. Explore our recipes and send us your own ideas.

Shelf Life

Q How long can I keep ® Meatballs in the freezer?

A You can keep Mama Lucia® Meatballs in your freezer until the “use by” date on the package. For the best quality, use a freezer bag after opening.

Thawing

Q Should I thaw Mama Lucia® Meatballs before cooking?

A No. Heat Mama Lucia® Meatballs right from your freezer, as instructed above and on the package. Always store Mama Lucia® Meatballs in your freezer.

Health FAQs

Calories

Q How many calories are there in Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A There are 210 calories per 3-meatball portion Italian-Style and Homestyle, and 200 calories for Italian-Style Turkey. For the mini size this changes to a 6-meatball portion. View the full nutritional information here.

Fat Content

Q How much fat is there in Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A There are 14 grams of fat per serving in Mama Lucia® Italian-Style Meatballs and Homestyle Meatballs, and 12 grams of fat per serving in Italian-Style Turkey Meatballs, all with no trans fats.

Allergens

Q Do Mama Lucia® Meatballs contain allergens such as dairy, eggs, wheat, barley, peanuts, tree nuts, mustard, peas, soy or garlic?

A The following ingredients are used in some meatball varieties, as listed:
DAIRY:
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Italian-Style Meatballs (Romano and Parmesan Cheese)
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Turkey Meatballs
EGGS:
None of our products contain egg.
WHEAT, BARLEY, RYE:
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Italian-Style Meatballs (breadcrumbs)
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Homestyle Meatballs (breadcrumbs)
PEANUTS, TREE NUTS:
No nuts are processed anywhere in our plant.
SOY:
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Homestyle Meatballs (textured soy protein concentrate)
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Italian-Style Meatballs (hydrolyzed soy protein)
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Turkey Meatballs (hydrolyzed soy protein)
MUSTARD: none
GARLIC:
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Italian-Style Meatballs (garlic powder)
Mama Lucia® Fully Cooked Homestyle Meatballs (garlic powder)

Casein

Q Are there any casein ingredients in Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A No, we do not use casein as an ingredient.

Enzymes

Q Are there vegetable-based or animal-based enzymes in Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A Mama Lucia® Meatballs contain Parmesan and Romano cheese. These cheeses are manufactured with the aid of microbial enzymes.

Wheat and Gluten

Q Are there any wheat-based ingredients or gluten used in Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A Mama Lucia® Meatballs contain breadcrumbs, which have wheat as an ingredient.

Wheat and Gluten

Q Is there MSG in Mama Lucia® Meatballs?

A No, there is no MSG.

Starch

Q Do Mama Lucia® Meatballs contain wheat, oats, barley or modified food starch like wheat starch, potato starch or others?

A Mama Lucia® Meatballs contain starch.