Easy Baked Meatballs made with beef and pork are browned in the oven and are delicious over pasta, in subs or as an appetizer. Grandma’s recipe made easier!
This easy baked meatballs recipe makes the BEST meatballs ever. You can add it to pasta sauce or make meatball subs for a super easy dinner your family will love!
I tweaked my Grandma’s recipe for homemade Italian meatballs and made it even easier than it was. These meatballs are made with a combination of ground beef and pork plus a few simple ingredients.
Then, instead of frying them oil, and making a colossal mess on your stove, you just bake them in the oven. No mess, no browning in batches — They all cook together in just 20 minutes!
How to Make Baked Meatballs in Sauce
First, get all of your ingredients ready to go. For this recipe, you’ll need:
- Ground beef
- Ground pork
- Bread ( I use 3 slices )
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Dry spices — salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion flakes and either basil, parsley or Italian seasoning
All you do is mix all of the ingredients for meatballs together in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands, friends!
Yes, it’s squishy, but it works. Just be sure not to over mix the ingredients or they meatballs may be tough.
Then, gently form the meat mixture into balls. I make them about 1 1/2 to 2 inches.
Place the meatballs in rows on a baking sheet. Then, pop them in the oven, and bake!
How Long to Bake Meatballs at 400
Bake the meatballs at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes 20 minutes works perfectly in my oven, but since all ovens are different, check at about 15 minutes.
Baked meatballs are done when they reach 160 degrees internally, according to a meat thermometer. If you’re adding them to sauce, they’ll finish cooking there.
If not, take them out when they’re completely cooked. You can eat them as is or refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for meal prep!
I usually add the meatballs directly to my Grandma’s spaghetti sauce for the best flavor. They make the sauce taste even better, and it’s one of my family’s favorite dinners!
You can use these homemade meatballs in place of frozen for Instant Pot Pasta and Meatballs, Instant Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs or Instant Pot Cranberry Orange Meatballs, which can also be cooked in your Crock-Pot.
Note that you can use dry bread crumbs if you don’t have fresh. You can also use cracker crumbs or cracker meal if you have it.
You can also use either Italian seasoning in place of the basil or dried parsley. I use fresh parsley, sometimes if I have it. Easy peasy!
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Easy Baked Meatballs Recipe
Easy Baked Meatballs
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 cup soft torn bread crumbs 3 slices bread
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onions
- 1 tablespoon dried basil or Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoons pepper
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and mix with your hands until mixture is just combined
- Form into roughly 2-inch sized balls, and place on baking sheet
- baked for 20 minutes or until just brown
- Remove from oven, and add to sauce. Or, let cool slightly, then refrigerate for later or freeze
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