Italian Meatballs

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If you’re looking for the best meatball recipe, look no further! These Italian meatballs are soft, tender & melt-in-your-mouth delicious! They’re made with ground beef and breadcrumbs and then baked in the oven. Top with Parmesan cheese and Italian herbs for the best Italian meatballs! Easy to make, perfect with spaghetti, and great for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

PREP TIME: 8minutes 
COOK TIME: 20minutes 
TOTAL TIME: 28minutes 
COURSE: dinner, entree, lunch, Main Course
CUISINE: Italian


  • 1⅓ lb ground beef – see Note 1
  •  cup breadcrumbs – see Note 2
  •  cup milk – or broth
  • ½ cup onion – finely minced or grated
  •  cup grated parmesan cheese – see Note 3
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Italian herbs – chopped; See Note 4
  • 3 cloves garlic – finely minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Optional herbs & spices

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes – for spicy Italian meatballs
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika


    • Preheat oven to 400°F. Add the milk and breadcrumbs in a large mixing bowl and stir until the milk is absorbed. Then add the remaining ingredients (including any optional spices) and mix well until combined.
      1⅓ lb ground beef,⅔ cup breadcrumbs,⅞ cup milk,½ cup onion,⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese,2 Tablespoons fresh Italian herbs,3 cloves garlic,1 egg,1 teaspoon sea salt,½ teaspoon pepper
    • Roll the mixture into 2 inch diameter meatballs and lay them on a lined baking tray. Wet your hands with water or oil to prevent sticking. See Note 5 for consistent sizing.
    • Bake in a preheated 400°F oven until fully cooked, about 18 to 20 minutes depending on size. The internal temperature for beef meatballs should be 160°F. If you mixed in ground pork, chicken, or turkey, the internal temperature should be 165°F.
    • Serve with your favorite tomato sauce and spaghetti, with gravy, or any other dish. Enjoy!


      Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 3mg

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