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meatballs on a baking sheet with a fork stuck into one meatball.

Baked Meatballs

These baked meatballs have ground beef, Italian sausage, cheese, herbs, and fresh basil. The perfect way to upgrade pasta night!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 35 meatballs


  • 9x13 baking sheet
  • parchment paper


  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground beef 80/20 mix
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves chopped


  • Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup whole milk
  • After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the beef, sausage, two cheeses, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.
    2 cloves garlic, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • Form into 1 to 2-inch balls. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    1/2 pound Italian sausage, 1/2 pound ground beef
  • Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce.


Tips for making this recipe:

  • You can use toasted bread in place of breadcrumbs.
  • The internal temperature of ground beef meatballs should be 160-degrees.