Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Baked Meatball Recipe + Video

This baked meatball recipe is the best for creating juicy meatballs in the oven! Skip the mess of pan frying and make this recipe instead!

baked meatball recipe stacked on a plate 

Our family's favorite baked meatballs are loaded with fresh herbs and cheese, and they're a snap to make in the oven. 

You'll have SO much less mess making them this way than with a skillet of oil.

They're small enough in size that you can use them for appetizers like grape jelly meatballs or to make meatball subs.

Or, you can make a roasted tomato sauce or some marinara sauce to serve with them on a plate of pasta. But honestly, there is truly no need for sauce. 

They're tender and juicy, even without sauce. This is a simple, no-fuss recipe and it makes a magnificent comfort food meal!

baked meatballs step by step mixing the ingredients

Baked meatball recipe tips

  • Don't over mix the ingredients. Mix the ingredients until they're JUST combined. Over mixing will cause the meatballs to be dry and tough.
  • Substituting dry herbs - You can substitute dry herbs and spices for the fresh ones if you need to. Substitute the following:

1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning for the fresh herbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder for the fresh garlic 
1 teaspoon onion powder for the fresh onion

  • Don't handle the mixture too much. Use a portioning or ice cream scoop to make uniform-size meatballs. This way, you will handle them less, and they will cook evenly.
  • Oil your hands. If you lightly coat your hands with olive oil before rolling the meatballs, they will form better and crack less.

baked meatballs scooping and rolling the meatballs

How to freeze meatballs for later use

Make a few batches of the baked meatball recipe, then freeze them for easy meal prep later.

You can freeze the meatballs raw OR bake them in the oven before freezing.

To freeze baked meatballs, allow meatballs to come to room temperature. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe storage bag. 

Or, you can flash freeze them on a cookie sheet and then transfer the frozen meatballs to a freezer bag. This way, they'll stay separated so you can grab as many (or as few) meatballs as you need.

To freeze raw meatballs, you will need to flash freeze them on a cookie sheet before you can transfer them to a freezer bag. Otherwise, the uncooked meatballs will end up freezing together.

Kitchen tools you'll need for this recipe:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon scoop – perfect for shaping meatballs, cookies, ice cream, and for portioning out leftovers! I have had this set for years and use them all the time.


Enjoy!

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Meatballs on a plate surrounded by fresh herbs




Watch us make the recipe



Yield: 18 (1 1/2 Tablespoon Meatballs)
Author: Donna Elick
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Baked Meatball Recipe

Baked Meatball Recipe

Best Ever Italian Herb Baked Meatballs are the perfect recipe to learn how to make meatballs the right way. They are truly the most amazing meatballs we have ever had. Our baked meatballs are beautifully browned on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 30 M

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 88%)
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, grated (or minced)
  • 2 tablespoons marinara
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well, do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs.
  3. Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, portion out meat and place on baking sheet. After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls and place back onto the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until the meatballs are browned and cooked through.
  5. Remove and transfer to sauce or serve immediately.
DONNA'S NOTES
  1. If you lightly coat your hands with olive oil before rolling the meatballs, they will form better and crack less.
  2. You can substitute dried herbs and spices for a quicker recipe.
  3. 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning for the fresh herbs
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder for the fresh garlic
  5. 1 teaspoon onion powder for the fresh onion.

baked meatball recipe

Originally published September 2013, updated and republished August 2020

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184 comments:

  1. Rib eye is our favorite steak! Would love to try these.

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  2. I like porterhouse steak and tenderloin steak.My two favorite cuts of meat.

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  3. I like porterhouse steak and tenderloin steak.I like other types but these two are my favorite.

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  4. What a fabulous looking plate of meatballs Donna! I wouldn't need anything else either and I know that the Wagyu beef just took it over the top!!
    BTW, to me, it's hard to make meatballs look pretty, but you make them look amazing!! :)

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  5. My favorite cut of beef is ribeye steak!

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  6. My favorite cut of beef is the prime rib

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  7. I love a good newport filet mignon

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  8. This is a great give away. would like to win always looking for the best meats I can fine and afford. WE always get the T-Bone but will love to try these ribeyes and ground beef.fingers crossed.

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  9. I would definitely have to say ribeyes are my favorite. My husband is a sucked for marbling tool.

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  10. Ribeyes are so good...I also love a pretty filet.

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  11. Ribeye would be Number One...and then a pretty filet.

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  12. Those steaks and the meatballs both look amazing. Amazing prize package too!

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  13. I love any steak--the cut does not matter to me!

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    1. Send me ur recepi for ur ribeye steak pls

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  14. My favorite cut- depends on the occasion! I love bbq tri-tip with fresh salsa and tortilla, or a tender ribeye with all the fixings!

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  15. Great sounding recipe. I'll give it a try with our local grassfed beef, but this Wagyu sounds amazing!

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  16. I have personally been to Lone Mountain many times. The ranch is impressive and the meat is amazing. One of the best meals we had while there for an Auction was a strip steak fajita dinner.

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  17. We have personally been to Lone Mountian a few times. one of the best meals we had while there for an auction was a strip steak fajita. The meat was so tender, it didnt need any seasonings or spices.

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  18. Filet for sure.

    dianetroxell@hotmail.com

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  19. We love meatballs! We could eat them like candy around here, too! YUM! I am always looking for meat that has a better quality, this contest is FAB!

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  20. I love, love, love Lone Mountain Wagyu! Absolutely the best beef I've ever had.

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  21. Whoops, should've mentioned my favorite cut of beef — tri-tip!

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  22. I know what I am making for supper tonight!

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  23. My favorite just happens to be ribeye steak.

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  24. My favorite cut of beef is filet mignon.

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  25. I love filet mignon but can't afford the indulgence on a weekly basis! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  26. Rib-eye, which I don't have very often, but love it!

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  27. Sounds amazing, can't wait to try these!

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  28. Sounds amazing, can't wait to try these!

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  29. We are all huge meat and potato eaters... This recipe is fabulous !!!!! Thanks !!!!!!

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  30. I so need to make these. Thinking they will be on next weeks supper menu :)

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  31. The best steak I have ever had was a Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye at a famous Chicago steakhouse. It was amazing!

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  32. Filet mignon but I wouldn't turn down a rib eye :)

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  33. I love rib eye steaks! I love meatballs too

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  34. love a good NY strip steak:) on its own or sliced over a salad.

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  35. love a good NY strip steak:) on its own or sliced over a salad.

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  36. Wow, Meat, Meat, Meat and any kind of gravy- Nothing better than a chuck steak roasted all day in low oven with veggies all around. Unless that would be any thing wrapped in bacon.....Can you tell my Great Grandma shared all her secrets with me?

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  37. Wow, Meat, Meat, Meat, and any kinda of gravy. Nothing better than a chuck roast cooked all day with veggies all around. Unless that would be anything wrapped in Bacon. Can you tell my Great Grandma shared alot of her secrets with me?

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  38. We had these this evening and they are the best. Highly recommended.

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  39. Favorite cut is tenderloin . . yummmmm!

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  40. favorite cut is the beef fillet or tenderloin!

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  41. My favorite is the Porterhouse steak, although fillets are nice. ;)

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  42. My favorite is the tenderloin!

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  43. RibEye and Filet Mignon may be my favorite; however, they're the cut I consume least often (we use a lot of ground beef and we eat stew and roasts often, too) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  44. my favorite cut is filet minion

    leebell1@yahoo.com

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  45. Heather Kiger (Tala OrJag)October 1, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Filet mignon is my favorite, but a good porterhouse is delicious. I just love meat in general so can't wait to try this recipe, and I hope to win the contest, too!

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  46. My favorite cut is all cuts =D

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  47. My favorite cut is all cuts =D

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  48. Filet mignon is truly my favorite

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  49. Oh, I do love a good ribeye :) Medium rare, just a little salt and pepper, please!

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  50. Thanks for the Waygu information...I've been interested to try it!

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  51. porterhouse steak and a good roast. thanks for the chance to win

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  52. I love steak and hamburgers, this beef looks like it is delicious.

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  53. Yum! Hope I win, I would love to try their beef!

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  54. I Love Beef in pretty much every cut. If I have to choose one, I guess today it would be Prime Rib.

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  55. I love Ribeye and Porterhouse !

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  56. I love Ribeye, Porterhouse and Primerib

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  57. I love Ribeye and Porterhouse !

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  58. My favorite cut is the fillet. Of course beef is my favorite any time.

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  59. I have tasted wagyu and found it quite good.

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  60. Dawn AanderudCosbyOctober 1, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Sirloin is my favorite. Rib eye would be a close second.

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  61. I must try this. I just can't do store bought meatballs!

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  62. I have to try this recipe! I just can't do store bought meatballs.

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  63. My favorite cut of beef is ribeye steak!

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  64. Would love to win these to give to a most wonderful neighbor of mine. Bob has been taking my recycling and trash cans down my steep driveway twice each week for the past 10 years. He refuses all compensation, but would accept something if I received "a gift I cannot use now".
    Joan Fisher Demshock
    jcdmyrecipes@gmail.com

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  65. Yum even my grill is thinking this would be a great prize to win! Filet is my favorite but I can't resist a good meatball either!

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  66. Yum even my grill thinks this would be a great prize to win! Filet but can't resist a good meatball either!

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  67. I like filet, porterhouse, or ribeye.

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  68. I like filet, porterhouse, and ribeye.

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  69. Made these last night and were very good. I used an ice cream scooper and it made exactly 12 meatballs. I used dried Italian herbs from Penzey's instead of rosemary. Used fresh Greek basil and fresh Italian Parsley. Be sure your onions and garlic are fresh and not dried, makes a big difference. I used rice bran oil on the parchment paper and it gave a nice little crust to the bottom of the meatball. Would definitely make again!! Barb

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    1. Hi Barb! Thanks for your awesome comment. Your version sounds fantastic! Keep us up to date on what your cooking. We love to hear from our readers. :)

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  70. Filet Mignon is my favorite, but I love a ribeye too. Made your sweet and sour meatball sliders the other night. Would use some of this beef to make more. Love your recipes.

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  71. Usually an eye of round that I season with garlic and fresh rosemary! Yum!

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  72. My favorite is the Ribeye. Thanks for the contest!

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  73. T-Bones!!! Favorite!

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  74. We purchase all local 100% grass fed meat w/no antibiotics or growth hormones added. I would be interested to try this beef next to our current local beef. Thanks for the opportunity...oh, and I love your site...so happy I stumbled upon it...so many great recipies!!!

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  75. I love a good choice sirloin with A1, though looking at that Wagyu photo I don't think I'll need A1 at all!

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  76. I love a good choice sirloin with A1, though looking at that Wagyu photo I don't think I'll need A1 at all!

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  77. I'm making these meatballs tonight, using buffalo (since we don't buy beef anymore) ~ but OH, it would be wonderful to win your healthy beef.

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  78. My favorite cut of beef if the ribeye.

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  79. You're steak review made my mouth water. It's SO hard to find a good steak, and way too easy to ruin a good cut (for me, anyway) by cooking it improperly. This sounds yummy *and* simple! :)

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  80. I like the filet mignon.
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    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

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  81. I'd have to say Porterhouse!

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  82. I heard abut Wagyu Beef from Duck Dynasty!

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  83. My favorite cut of steak is NY Strip

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  84. T-Bones are my favorite cut of beef, but I just like beef.

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  85. I would have to say my preferred choice is the ribeye. Although it's all quite yummy.

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  86. My favorite is ribeye and these look amazing!

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  87. I love the brisket. There are so many ways to cook it and it is always so flavorful.

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  88. I really love the brisket or the tri tip. The ribs. I love to BBQ (live in AZ), indoors or out.

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  89. My favorite? "Yes please, rare ." (Love them all but I usually order ribeye.) ;

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  90. Prime Rib is my favorite cut of beef. What is not to like about it.

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  91. I can't pass up a great cheese burger!

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  92. Ribeye or brisket, always yummy!

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  93. Ribeye or brisket, always yummy!

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  94. It isn't the cut of meat that is most important. I want beef that tastes like the beef I had 45 or so years ago. If the flavor is there, then I like cuts of beef I can throw on the grill. And I love Filet Mignon.

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  95. Nothing beats a good steak... especially a ribeye!

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  96. I love ribeyes too! I've made a homemade southwestern rub for them, and I put them on a warm (not hot) plate for a few minutes even after setting them out to "temp up"... oh yum! We are currently getting a lot of beef from Mexico, (we live just outside Del Rio) and it's pretty good but a bit lean for steaks. I would LOVE to win 1 of these and try this beef!

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  97. I love ribeyes too! I've made a homemade southwestern rub for them, and I put them on a warm (not hot) plate for a few minutes even after setting them out to "temp up"... oh yum! We are currently getting a lot of beef from Mexico, (we live just outside Del Rio) and it's pretty good but a bit lean for steaks. I would LOVE to win 1 of these and try this beef!

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  98. Love Filet Mignon but the way my hubby cooks it has spoiled me for those served in restaurants.

    All these meatball recipes look so yummy, Can't wait to try some.

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  99. trying the italian meatballs tonight...I'm not much of a cook...wish me luck!!

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  100. Just took a triple batch of the meatballs out of the oven. The smell wafting through the house is amazing! I baked them for 20 minutes and they came out perfectly cooked! Thanks for the recipe!

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  101. I made these & homemade Gnocchi for a side. My meatballs came out a little salty, so I would probably reduce or eliminate the salt. Other than that...THESE WERE SO DELICIOUS!! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  102. My family & I just finished eating these incredible meatballs. I've been making the same recipe for years (in a pan), never again. I doubled the recipe using 1lb ground round & 1lb lean ground turkey. I had to cook them longer waiting for kids to get home & they were still awesome. Try the first one without sauce, you may decide to not use sauce at all. Fabulous!

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  103. These are delicious! So easy to put together and very tasty. We loved them and will be making them again. No frozen meatballs even again!

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  104. What is the marinara mentioned in this recipe? As an Aussie never heard of this...

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  105. I tried this tonight and it was super easy! I didn't have breadcrums so I used seasoned croutons. I also substituted the parsley for thyme. My marinara had onion in it and we don't like parmesan cheese (weird I know), but it still came out great! Thanks :)

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  106. So this is a meatball recipe and the topic is steak?

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  107. Guess my brain is catching up to my age. Did I miss something? Was looking for comments on meatballs and instead LOTS on different steaks.

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  108. Marinara http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015987-classic-marinara-sauce
    Italian red sauce with herbs, spices, etc.

    Depending on what you like to add I've heard people refer to it as red gravy

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  109. No milk and bread no meat-a-ball haha
    Clayton or in spanish Claytone

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  110. No milk and brea...no-meat a ball

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  111. I was looking for a meatball recipe and I stumbled upon this one. Quite a lot of herbs are thrown in to prepare a meatball I see. Next time I buy frozen meatballs from supermarket, I would be thanking the chef for preparing such a delicate thing for us to have.

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  112. You can also add about 1/4. To 1/2 cup of red wine to the mix it will be good also add the wine to your sauce

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  113. I made these last week and we really liked them! Thank you!

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 26, 2017 at 7:29 AM

      We are so happy you enjoyed them, Katherine!

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  114. That's how my Mom cooked them, so I do too. When you do it this way you can freeze extras. If you have any
    Lol We used to sneak them off the cookie sheet before they even got near the sauce. I can still hear my Mom telling us to go pick the basligo and parsley out of the garden.

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 26, 2017 at 7:28 AM

      I love to hear memories like this! Thank you Michele!

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  115. Made these with turkey meat and were amazing!!

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianSeptember 26, 2017 at 7:27 AM

      Thanks Wanda! We are so happy you enjoyed them. I love Turkey Meatballs!

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    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianFebruary 22, 2018 at 6:35 AM

      Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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  117. I made these meatballs last night. They were amazing. They had a great flavor even before I added sauce. They came out nice and juicy. Best meatball recipe I have tried.

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  118. Fell apart during cooking. Needs two eggs!!!

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  119. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS

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