Baked Meatballs

These delicious Baked Meatballs make the perfect addition to pasta night! Ground beef, Italian sausage, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil mixed together then form little balls of goodness that are baked, not fried.

A side view of cooked Italian meatballs.

I want to say that I make these meatballs every time I make pasta. It would be great to say, ‘This is a beloved recipe that my grandmother handed down to me.’ But I want to be honest with you, so I will. I just started making this recipe exactly one month ago.

While baking meatballs is my preferred way to make meatballs, I didn’t have a good recipe that went with spaghetti sauce. The usual grainy, bland and just plain yuck meatballs that I quickly make don’t leave any impression at all. Except for my 5-year-old, he LOVES spaghetti and meatballs, so for him, I felt like I really needed to up my game.

Baked Italian meatballs on a baking sheet, cut in half showing the inside of one.

After playing with a few different versions, this baked meatball recipe was by far the best and little kidapproved!

So what made the difference from these and the other meatballs I had made before?

What I had run across before was when I used breadcrumbs for the meatballs, they came out mealy. Soaking the breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them into the meat totally solved this problem. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.

How to make meatballs using breadcrumbs.

What is a good meat mixture for making baked meatballs?

Prior to this, I was just using ground beef. Boring! So I added half ground beef (80/20 mixture) and half Italian sausage. No longer boring.

Want some un-boring ground beef recipes?

After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.

Steps for meatball mixture then placing them on baking sheet.

Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce. I love Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta and traditional sauce. And here you are…..

Baked meatballs on a sheet pan with spaghetti and sauce off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Baked Meatballs
Ground beef, Italian sausage, cheese, herbs, and fresh basil create little bites of delicious. Baked meatballs are the perfect way to upgrade pasta night!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  2. After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.
  4. Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce.

Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

This easy meatball recipe will surprise you with all of its flavor! A thick sauce is the star of these Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze.  Place them on top of creamy mashed potatoes and you are in comfort food nirvana.

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and a cold beer off to the side ready to eat.

It’s the first Mitten Movie Night of 2017!  Woot, Woot.  How is yours going so far?  Tonight I’ve got a great meatball recipe for you to start the year off right.

What movie pairs well with turkey meatballs and beer?

The movie we’re watching is Bridget Jones’s Baby.  I love this series of movies and just recently re-watched the others because I knew this was coming.

What beer pairs well with Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze?

The beer: Melonfest Cantaloupe Wheat from Roak Brewing.

My husband picked this beer up and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure I would like it.  I love cantaloupe but wasn’t sure how it was going to work in a beer. I was pleasantly surprised!

Light and not overly fruity makes for a very drinkable beer that’s perfectly paired with the tang of the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce in the glaze on these meatballs.

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side ready to eat!

To say that I like meatballs is an understatement.  I LOVE them.  They are easy, very versatile and can come in many different combinations.  You can serve them on noodles, potatoes, as an appetizer.  In fact, one of the very first recipes I made for the blog was Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles, a recipe I’ve been making for a long time.  I even celebrated National Meatball Day last year!

How to make Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze:

First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg, and breadcrumbs to a bowl.  Mix all ingredients together and form into a ball.

Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat.

Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.

Onions and garlic in a skillet being cooked with balsamic vinegar glaze off to the side ready to cook.

While the meatballs are cooking chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.

To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes.

Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.  Return the meatballs back to the pan.

What do you serve with turkey meatballs?

    • Red-skinned mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and carrots for the side
  • Cheesy Cauliflower if you are looking for a lower carb side.
  • Serve these with noodles by doubling the sauce recipe so it can cover everything evenly. 

And here you are….

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and a cold beer off to the side ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Balsamic Vinegar Glaze adapted from Shugary Sweets

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Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

These Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze have a thick, sweet, and tangy balsamic vinegar sauce and are great served with mashed potatoes.

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

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Instructions
Turkey Meatballs
  1. First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl. Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.

  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  1. Chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.

  2. To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic. Let soften for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Return the meatballs back to the pan.

  4. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

Tender turkey meatballs filled with rice then added on top of a bed of zucchini noodles. Serve with chunky vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and Parmesan. Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is the perfect dinner for when you are craving a different kind of Italian dish.

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

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It’s funny to think that this was one of the very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad, I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  So on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

How to make Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it gives the best taste.

Cook the rice according to package directions.

Once the rice has cooled add it to your turkey and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto a greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spiralizer.

Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.

Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce.

Assemble this beautiful ‘pasta’ by taking all the vegetables and zoodles, top with meatballs then finally pour sauce over the top of your meatballs.

Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles
Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is a delicious dish when you are craving something other than pasta. Serve this dish for dinner tonight!
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

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