Amazing Baked Italian Meatballs

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Yum! These hearty baked Italian meatballs are easy to make, and freeze well for quick dinners. Add them to soups, spaghetti, mac-and-cheese, and more. Plus a special tip so you don't have to touch the raw meat with your hands!

Spring is a busy time of year for our family. School, gardening, music, and sports take up a lot of our time.

I like to make a huge batch of these baked Italian meatballs and freeze them for easy dinners. They can be served in lots of different ways (see Kitchen Tips below), and you can add or subtract spices to change the flavors.

baked meatballs on tray

While I wish I could say that this meatball recipe was handed down to me by my Italian grandma...that's not the case. It was scribbled on a notecard in my Mom's recipe box, and probably came from this cookbook that she got as a wedding gift. Anybody else have one of these?

Regardless of the source, these baked meatballs are delicious and they freeze perfectly. I can grab them from the freezer and have dinner on the table in minutes!

Bonus: meatballs are a great way to help your kids eat more veggies. Kids can mix the ingredients and roll the meatballs, too. Read on for a secret tip on forming meatballs if you don't want to touch the meat mixture with your hands.

tray of baked Italian meatballs

Amazing Baked Italian Meatballs

Ingredients

1 pound hamburger

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup bread crumbs (extra credit for homemade)

1 teaspoon onion powder

3-4 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

ingredients for baked Italian meatballs in bowl

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well-combined. You can do this with a spoon, but I think it's much easier to smush everything quickly with my hands.

To make perfectly-sized meatballs, use a spring-loaded ice cream scoop. You can roll them in your hands to make perfect spheres, or place them directly on the cookie sheet if you don't mind the ice cream scoop shape.

Plop them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. They won't spread while baking, so you can place them pretty close together.

raw meatballs on tray

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until fully cooked (browned all the way through). I use this as a good excuse to break a meatball in half and then gobble it up taste it for the correct flavors.

baked meatballs; one broken open

Kitchen Tips

Sneak some shredded veggies in your meatballs. Zucchini, carrots, spinach, or chard are all good choices. Just watch out for those angry meatballs.

raw meatball on tray

Meatballs are good for more than just spaghetti!

  • Pair them with a crusty French roll and spaghetti sauce to make meatball subs.
  • Crumble and use as a pizza topping.
  • Add baked meatballs to minestrone soup.
  • Meatballs add protein to mac-and-cheese.
  • Use with dinner rolls to make sliders.
  • Serve as an entrée, with or without brown gravy.
cooked meatballs on cookie sheet

Baked Italian Meatballs

Yield: 24 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These hearty baked Italian meatballs are easy to make, and freeze well for quick dinners. Add them to soups, spaghetti, mac-and-cheese, and more.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well-combined. You can either do this with your hands or with a spoon.
  3. To make the meatballs, use a spring-loaded ice cream scoop and plop them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat.
  4. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until fully cooked (brown all the way through).

Notes

Sneak some finely shredded veggies in your meatballs. Zucchini, carrots, spinach, or chard are all good choices.

Meatballs are good for more than just spaghetti!

  • Pair them with a crusty French roll and spaghetti sauce to make meatball subs.
  • Crumble and use as a pizza topping.
  • Add baked meatballs to minestrone soup.
  • Meatballs add protein to mac-and-cheese.
  • Use with dinner rolls to make sliders.
  • Serve as an entrée, with or without brown gravy.

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