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.

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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.
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