Easy Baked Italian Meatballs

A super easy way to make delicious Italian meatballs. No need for frying as these are baked in the oven. Ready in 30 minutes!

Italina meatballs with pasta

These Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect with pasta or to make meatballs subs. And they are super easy to make! Ready in about 30 minutes.

easy baked italian meatballs

If you’ve never made homemade meatballs before, you will be surprised at just how easy it is. Very similar to making meatloaf and who hasn’t made meatloaf before?

meatballs with pasta

The important thing to remember is to not overmix the meat mixture. You want to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated but if you handle the meat too much the meatballs may turn out tough.

easy baked italian meatballs

You can use whatever kind of ground sausage you have on hand. I like to mix it up so sometimes I use a mild Italian sausage while other times I will use a sweet or hot Italian sausage.

easy baked italian meatballs

While the meatballs should be ready in approximately 20 minutes, it is important to check that the internal temperature of each meatball reaches 160°F. A digital food thermometer will tell you if they are done.

baked italian meatballs

You can use these meatballs for just about anything. I like to have them with some pasta but you can also make a delicious meatball sandwich packed with melted cheese and marinara sauce.

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While I usually recommend using Lean Ground Beef for many of my recipes, I suggest using ground beef with a little more fat content for these meatballs. You don’t want to end up with some dried-out meatballs!

Another great meatball recipe is my Traditional Cuban Meatballs (Albondigas) with a tasty red sauce. Yummy!

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How to Handle Raw Beef

  • Thaw frozen ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
  • Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
  • Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.

You will need the following ingredients to make this Baked Italian Meatballs recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ground Beef, Italian Sausage, Evaporated Milk, Seasoned Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese, Dried Parsley Flakes, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Dried Basil, Ground Thyme, Salt and Ground Black Pepper.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly using your hands. Do not overmix.
  3. Roll into 1 1/2-inch meatballs. This should yield about 24 meatballs.
  4. Place the meatballs on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until browned and the internal temperature is 160°F.

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Printable Recipe Card

baked italian meatballs

Easy Baked Italian Meatballs

A super easy way to make delicious Italian meatballs. No need for frying as these are baked in the oven. Ready in 30 minutes!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Italian
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 105 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Baking Sheet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • ½ lb Italian Sausage
  • ¼ Cup Evaporated Milk
  • ¾ Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Parsley Flakes
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ¼ Tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ Tsp Dried Basil
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Thyme
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly using your hands. Do not overmix.
  • Roll into 1 1/2 inch meatballs. This should yield about 24 meatballs.
  • Place the meatballs on a lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until browned and the internal temperature is 160°F.

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Nutrition

Calories: 105kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 206mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 54IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Donna says:

    These baked italian meatballs were delicious. Very easy and fast to make. They were very moist. We had them over spaghetti squash and were a big hit.