Baked Italian Meatballs

Baked Italian Meatballs Recipe

Baked Italian Meatballs are by far my favorite dish whenever I crave meatballs, and guess what my kids and grandkids always compliment me by saying I make the best baked Italian meatballs.

So I thought why not share my baked Italian Meatballs recipe with the world so that everyone can make and enjoy baked Italian meatballs? the best thing is you can make them in just 40-45 minutes.

In my previous recipe blog, I shared an amazing Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe so if you haven’t read it yet then after reading this recipe go and read that as well.

Now before sharing the actual recipe for Italian meatballs, I wanna share a little story with y’all, if you have time then please consider reading it.

Baked Italian Meatballs: My Story

Growing up in a family of seven, the only way I ever knew to cook was to make recipes that serve a lot of people. 

That carried over as I had four children myself and also when I would cook for various military events. 

My mother, who was a South Dakota farm girl, learned to cook Italian when she married my father. 

This Baked Italian Meatballs recipe was one of her favorites.  I have adapted this recipe to bake the meatballs instead of frying them as she did. 

Since this recipe makes a large amount, you can very easily divide it into smaller portions and freeze them after cooking.  

You can use these Baked Italian Meatballs for a traditional Italian dinner, on pizza, in sub sandwiches, or even in soups and stews. 

So here is your recipe for a spee-cee, spicy meat-a-ball! (No one born after 1970 will get that, but if you are curious, just check out the 1969 Alka Seltzer TV commercial)

Ingredients Needed for Baked Italian Meatballs Recipe

Below are the ingredients that are needed for the recipe for baked Italian Meatballs.

  1. Olive Oil: I guess everyone knows about olive oil and its health benefits, I don’t think I need to explain anything about it, my viewers are already smart, right? 😉
  2. Lean ground beef: Beef, is a very good source of protein and iron, we all know that ground beef, has a very low-fat content.
  3. Ground veal or pork: If you have made meatballs before then you might already know that this meat is often used in meatballs recipes. Veal and Pork have very rich flavors that enhance this overall recipe of Italian meatballs.
  4. Plain bread crumbs: Bread crumbs will help us to bind the meat together and will provide a good texture to our meatballs.
  5. Milk: We are gonna use milk to first create a mixture for our bread crumbs and it will further help in providing moisture to our meatballs.
  6. Onion: It will help in providing moisture as well as extra flavor.
  7. Eggs: We will use eggs in the mixture that we created for our break crumbs, eggs will help in binding the meat together.
  8. Dried parsley: My favorite herb that will add so good flavor to our meatballs and will also give them color.
  9. Garlic: Garlic aroma is so good, we all know that, so we will use garlic to provide a pungent flavor and aroma to our baked Italian meatballs.
  10. Dried Italian herbs: Again to provide aroma and flavor to our meatballs. Note: Italian herbs are simply blends of different herbs such as thyme, oregano, etc.
  11. Parmesan cheese: To provide texture and flavor.

So, that’s it everyone, how simple it was, right? well, it is always better to make rather than just reading it. So, now go and give yourself a little treat of baked Italian meatballs.

And yes, if you find this recipe interesting, and helpful then do let us know, and don’t forget to tag us when you are done making baked Italian meatballs recipe.

Baked Italian Meatballs
Baked Italian Meatballs

Baked Italian Meatballs

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Total Time 46 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 30 Meatballs


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground veal or pork
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a small baking sheet or baking dish with foil. Brush with olive oil
  • Mix remaining ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Using a medium size stainless steel scoop, portion out meatballs one at a time. Form into balls and place on prepared baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • To get crispy "fried look" to the meatballs, place under broiler for 6 minutes, turning once after 3 minutes
  • Use meatballs in your favorite recipe or when cooled, place in freezer bag or freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months
Keyword Baked Italian Meatballs

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