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These Easy Homemade Meatballs are made with a combination of pork and beef, simmered in marinara sauce and are perfect with pasta, in sandwiches or by themselves!

easy homemade meatballs recipe

I think I’ve told you before how much my family loves pasta. We usually have it with sausage or chicken or sometimes, meat sauce. But my family goes crazy whenever I make spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs.

They take just a little extra time and planning, but they’re so easy to make. I like to bake the meatballs first and then let them simmer in a big old pot of homemade marinara sauce until we’re ready to eat. And honestly, they taste absolutely incredible!I used to think making meatballs was a lot of work, so we didn’t have them too often. It’s not that they’re hard to make, but the mixing, rolling and frying do take more time than say, meat sauce.

But, the kids really love spaghetti and meatballs, so I enlisted them and the Hubs to help with the preparation, and it goes so much faster now. Yes, I make them work for their supper, but they actually enjoy it! And, I think they get a kick out of squishing the meat with their bare hands!

Anyone else enjoy this?

I also started baking the meatballs instead of frying them, and it’s so much quicker. There’s no standing by the stove, no turning them over, no wiping splatters or anything like that. They’re nice and juicy too and never, ever dry.

I use a combination of ground beef and pork, and I honestly think the pork makes a huge difference in both the taste and the texture. If you don’t want to use pork, you can use only beef, but if you can, try both meats mixed together. It’s so worth it!

homemade meatballs recipe

How to Make Easy Homemade Meatballs

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Homemade Meatballs

By: Dee
These Easy Homemade Meatballs are made with beef and pork, baked in the oven until brown and simmered in marinara sauce until ready to serve. 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 30 meatballs


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ pounds ground pork
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • ¼ cup dried seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
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  • Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and mix with spoon or, even better, your hands.
  • Roll meat mixture into balls, and arrange on a baking tray.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until brown.
  • Remove from baking tray, and add to a pot of simmering marinara sauce.


The meatballs finish cooking in the sauce. If you want to eat them as is, make sure the internal temperature is at least 160 degrees.


Calories: 148kcal, Protein: 9g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 99mg, Potassium: 163mg, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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The meatballs finish cooking in the sauce, but if you’re serving them right away, make sure the internal temperature is at least 160 degrees or higher.  

When we make homemade meatballs, we have them with pasta the first night, and they we use them in meatball subs or with leftover pasta later on.

They also make great appetizers, and you can serve them with a tangy chipotle barbecue sauce or maybe even a sweet cranberry orange sauce, instead. 

recipe for baked homemade meatballs in marinara sauce

We had meatball subs tonight, and I just reheated the meatballs on the stove, added some shredded mozzarella cheese and served them on toasted buns — talk about a tasty quick and easy meal!

Happy Cooking,

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  1. Dee M says:

    Thanks, Michelle. I'll bet your husband's recipe is awesome! 🙂

  2. Michelle Nahom says:

    My husband makes a great homemade meatball, but I am going to try your recipe next time! They look delicious!

  3. Dee M says:

    Thanks, Miz Helen, and thanks for taking the time to visit! :).

  4. Miz Helen says:

    Your Meatballs look delicious, great recipe! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen