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Easy Baked Meatballs

Easy Baked Meatballs - The ONLY meatball recipe you need! The meatballs come out so perfect and so tender. Serve on pasta, polenta, or subs!

The ONLY meatball recipe you need! The meatballs come out so perfect and so tender. Serve on pasta, polenta, or subs!

Easy Baked Meatballs - The ONLY meatball recipe you need! The meatballs come out so perfect and so tender. Serve on pasta, polenta, or subs!

Homemade, super tender, super hearty meatballs. IS THERE ANYTHING BETTER?

No, the answer to that is always no. Yes, I sometimes grab those Trader Joe’s mini meatballs in the freezer aisle (they are utterly fantastic and my one guilty pleasure) but at the end of the day, nothing beats homemade.

Easy Baked Meatballs - The ONLY meatball recipe you need! The meatballs come out so perfect and so tender. Serve on pasta, polenta, or subs!

And with this baking method, these meatballs require minimal effort with an easy clean up. Not to mention, they cook through so evenly, yielding those perfectly browned, melt-in-your-mouth tender meatballs, swimming in the sauciest goodness.

Serve over pasta, polenta, or subs. It is all just so so good.

Easy Baked Meatballs - The ONLY meatball recipe you need! The meatballs come out so perfect and so tender. Serve on pasta, polenta, or subs!

Easy Baked Meatballs

The ONLY meatball recipe you need! The meatballs come out so perfect and so tender. Serve on pasta, polenta, or subs!

30 minutes40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup Panko*
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, Italian sausage, onion, Panko, milk, egg, Parmesan, parsley, garlic and basil; season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1-to-1-1/4-inch meatballs, forming about 30-32 meatballs.
  3. Place meatballs in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 18-20 minutes; set aside.
  4. Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Stir in tomatoes and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until flavors have blended, about 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in meatballs until heated through and evenly coated in sauce, about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes:

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.

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13 comments

  1. what if I dont have italian sauge? what else can i use to replace them?

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    These were delicious!  I didn’t have fresh herbs so used dry, but they were still awesome.  Have tried multiple recipes from this site and have yet to be disappointed.  Thank you!

  3. This looks so yum. The very best meatball recipe and easy to make.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Damn delicious! This will be my go to meatball recipe from now on. I used three hot sausage links and three Italian links. Next time I may use just four as a matter of preference. Thank you for a great recipe.

  5. Highly recommend this recipe. Despite not having all the ingredients, my meatballs still came out fantastic and I think they’re the best I’ve made to date. I didn’t have the fresh herbs on hand so used the leaves from the celery stalk! Meh, it wasn’t the same but did the trick. I also used 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound ground pork. It still came out fantastic. The seasonings and spices quantities are perfect. Never let down by a recipe on this site YET!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hands down, the very best meatballs! I pay them in ciabatta rolls with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese. My kids and hubby said they were the best meatball sandwiches they have ever had. I’m making an extra batch to freeze now.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG. These easy baked meatballs are to die for. So full of flavour. So easy to make.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    This turned out very well despite the fact I had no fresh herbs and the wrong sausage. Next time I will use ALL the proper ingredients and I am sure it will be even better.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    These were easy, like good meatballs they do take time to make, but it was really good and I will make them again, thank you!

  10. Great flavor …these are excellent and so easy to make. This recipe will be my go-to for meatballs. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!!!

  11. Haven’t tried this recipe yet but anxious to! It sounds wonderful!
    I do have a question though……could I substitute white wine for the red?

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can I freeze these after cooked?

  13. I cook a lot of your recipes, enjoying them tremendously. I just purchased one of your cookbooks as well. I especially like that you generally provide the nutritional info for each recipe which helps with our dietary requirements. This meatball dish  looks yummy but I can’t see where I can find the nutritional information for this recipe.