Spaghetti and meatballs is a tried-and-true recipe in our family that is a hit with the kids and adults alike. I used to think that making meatballs from scratch was far too difficult to tackle on a busy weeknight until I started making them the easy way–by baking them in the oven! The end result is yummy, flavorful meatballs that are incredibly delicious, and much healthier than the frozen, pre-made variety. And since these freeze beautifully, you can easily make enough to use later when things get hectic. Perfect! Read on to grab my favorite baked meatball recipe.
- 2 pounds lean ground beef (I use 93/7)
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 cup panko
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- Preheat oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. With a paddle attachment, mix on low until thoroughly combined. (Mixture can also be mixed by hand in a large mixing bowl.)
- Form mixture into 1.5" balls (a miniature ice cream scoop works well for this). Place balls on prepared baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Bake for 20 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.
- Freeze cooled meatballs in zip-lock bags for up to 3 months.
To freeze, simply place the cooled meatballs in a zip-top bag and pop into the freezer for up to 3 months. I love to make these meatballs in large batches so I can pull them out on a busy weeknights for a supper than can be on the table in 30 minutes or less!
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.