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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
🐄 How to Handle Raw Beef
Thaw raw 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.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
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.
🥣 How to Make Baked Italian Meatballs
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly using your hands. Do not overmix.
Roll into 1 ½-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.
Easy Baked Italian Meatballs
- Bowl for Mixing
- Baking Sheet
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- ½ lb Italian Sausage
- ¼ Cup Evaporated Milk
- ¾ Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- ⅓ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoon Dried Parsley Flakes
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ½ teaspoon Dried Basil
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Thyme
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly using your hands. Do not overmix.
- Roll into 1 ½ 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.
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.