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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Print Recipe
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.

Portobello Mushroom Burger

One thing that I really love about blogging is sharing.  And one of my favorite ways of doing that is through my Instagram.  Now mine may not be the most beautiful but whether it’s what I made for dinner last night or my kid crying on the ground it is an honest portrayal of me & my family.  Messy at times but mostly beautiful.

Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When I first got on IG I started something I hashtagged #MittenMovieNight.  Usually Friday nights hubby & I enjoy a few craft beers and watch a movie.  I snap what we are drinking and watching and tag it with this hashtag.  I look forward to this fun little night and I also look forward to sharing it.  So I thought, hey why not add a recipe to go along with it.  YEAH!  Dinner, Movie, Craft Beer!  So without further ado……

Portobello Mushroom Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Let’s start with what we are eating, Portobello Mushroom Burger.  Next what we’re watching, The Bronze.  I love dark comedies! Lastly, what we are drinking: Lost Dune from New Holland Brewing in Holland, Michigan.  While I am not a huge blueberry fan I do love coriander and this is fruity & refreshing.  Pairs very well with the woody meatiness of the mushroom and the sweetness of the onions & peppers.  Let’s get cooking.  Gather your ingredients…..

Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start with the Basil Mayonnaise.  In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt.  While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.  Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Cover and refrigerate.  This will keep for around 3 days.

Basil Mayo from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix the marinade ingredients together.   Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Set aside. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them.  Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Portobello Mushroom Burger Marinade from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Chop peppers and onion.  Saute in 2 Tbs. of butter for 5 minutes.  Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan.  With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

Portobello Mushroom BUrger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.  In the last 5 minutes of cooking the mushrooms I put butter on my split rolls and put them in the oven as well to crisp up the buns.  Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo.  Add mushroom burger.  And here you are…..

Portobello Mushroom Burger with Basil Mayo from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I would love to know if you made this!  Follow & tag #MittenMovieNight on Instagram.

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

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Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes of this burger perfectly. ~Bottom Left of the Mitten


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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this burger perfectly.

Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise

Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
Basil Mayonnaise
  1. In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt. While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.

  2. Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.

  3. Cover and refrigerate. This will keep for around 3 days.

Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together. Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.

  2. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out.

  3. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them. Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  4. Chop peppers and onion. Saute in 2 Tbs. of butter for 5 minutes.

  5. Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan. With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers. Top with mushrooms.

  6. Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

  7. Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo. Add mushroom burger. Enjoy!

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