Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Baked Italian Meatballs

Still trying to eat a little light, with the horrific heat (hitting 112° today) light sounds great.  Spaghetti and meatballs sounded very hearty and made with lean meat it is a delicious meal that won't sit too heavy.  I have about ½ case of tomatoes left that are very ripe and some Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce and Baked Italian Meatballs sounded perfect.  Although spaghetti is probably not my favorite pasta, it seemed fitting for today.  I also wanted to clip the rest of my basil plants today and I could not think of a better place to use it.

These fabulous meatballs are low calorie and low fat.  Although you would never guess by tasting them.  78 calories, 3 carbs, 3g fats, 8g protein.

I have to tell you, Mr W is not an onion or garlic lover.  I know, I know.  Strange match for an Italian, so that must tell you how amazing he is.  I married him anyway!  So, I make some adjustments when I cook for him.  Like grating my onion and garlic on a microplane so he doesn't bite into any pieces, but all the flavor is there.

So here is what I did...

Baked Italian Meatballs
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan grated cheese
2 tablespoons whole milk
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
¼ cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.


Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs.


Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, scoop out meat and place on baking sheet.

After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls.  TIP:  If you lightly wet your hands the meatballs will form better and crack less.  Put in oven on 400° for 20-25 minutes (for 2 trays).

Remove and transfer to sauce or serve immediately.
1. You can use half pork, half veal if you prefer, or even substitute ground sausage for the pork.

YIELD:  30 meatballs


  1. What a fabulous meal. I don't make this often because of the calories involved. I'll have to give your recipe a try. It is definitely better for you than the one I use. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I am so glad I found you, looks like I am going to find lots of great recipes like this one. Looks delish. I could simple eat meatballs with no pasta myself!

  3. Donna, your sauce smelled so good last night. Seriously, I thought I had a good recipe, but I'm trying yours next time. And the meatball I tried was delicious as well. Be sure to thank your wee one for sharing her meal with me.

  4. I'd switch out the ground beef for turkey and it'd be the perfect meal for me! I can't believe your experiencing 112 degrees! It rained here yesterday and it's totally gloomy today.

  5. Perfect meatballs! I haven't made meatballs in a long time. Too long. I'll give your recipe a try next time :)

  6. this looks delicious
    following your yummy site

  7. ALWAYS looking for new, delicious meatball recipes! These sound SPOT ON as far as what I would want to eat with my pasta! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This looks wonderful. I love that I can have spaghetti and meatballs and stick with a low-cal diet! I just hopped over to your Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce and it's definitely going on my sounds amazing! I can imagine that it has such depth of flavor...and it seems so easy!

  9. Your meatballs sound wonderful...just the way I like them. It's gotten to the point in the summer when I'm tired of grilling and a pot of meatballs and sauce sounds so inviting! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  10. I love that you bake the meatballs - delicious sauce -

  11. These are making my mouth water! We love meatballs and I like to make extra for sandwiches, pizza etc. These sound wonderful and I love you slow roasted tomato sauce! Thanks, Chris

  12. Can you just come on over and make these for me tonight. They look like heaven to this pasta lover! I am not sure if I could even leave some for the family! Wow, i love your flavors and your method. Mine is a tad different- trying this out and very soon!

  13. I love love love meatballs! I was going to make spaghetti and pre-made meat balls tomorrow night for dinner bc I can never find a good recipe! DEF. going to try yours instead!

    We just started following you! Cannot wait for some good Italian cooking!


  14. YUM! My meatballs are similar to yours, but I leave the onion out since I put so much in my gravy =P I just pan fry them and then simmer them in the Italian gravy for a few hours. Heaven! I love meatballs! Yours look absolutely delish =)

  15. We have very similar meatball recipes! I love that you bake them. I really need to try that. I love the thought of having a much easier clean up. Your meatballs look delicious!

  16. I use ground turkey instead of beef. Is there a post for your sauce?

    1. We used the Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce


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