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Quick and Easy Homemade Italian Meatballs Recipe


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Easy Homemade Meatball Recipe

I have a few recipes for meatballs that I really love, but this one is my favorite. These meatballs are seriously packed full of flavor. They come out moist on the inside and have just the right amount of crunch on the outside. They also don't require any fancy ingredients or steps. If you have a basic spice collection, you can definitely make these. If this is your first time ever making meatballs, this is a great recipe to try! Your kitchen and house are going to smell amazing when these babies are baking.

What Are Meatballs?

What are meatballs made of? This is a fairly common question! I've met people who love to eat meatballs but have absolutely no idea what they're made of. Meatballs are made with ground beef, seasonings, bread crumbs, and sometimes egg and or milk. Meatballs can also be made from ground pork or turkey. I've even made them using half ground beef and half ground turkey—they came out fantastic!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

Approximately 35 bite-sized meatballs

How do I make homemade meatballs?

How do I make homemade meatballs?


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, garlic-seasoned
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon onion, dried and minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Fresh Substitutions

There's no shame in using dried minced onion from a bottle or Parmesan cheese from the shake can. Nothing beats fresh ingredients, but the aforementioned items are cheaper and keep longer. I always have Parmesan shake cheese and a bottle of minced onion on hand. I have a fresh onion MOST of the time. I can't remember the last time I had fresh Parmesan cheese. Use what you have. It's going to be delicious!

Quick Homemade Meatballs

Easy Italian Meals - Meatballs for Spaghetti

Easy Italian Meals - Meatballs for Spaghetti


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix until thoroughly blended.
  3. Form into meatballs and place on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in 400° oven for 20 minutes.

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Tips for Making Meatballs at Home

  • I like to mix all of my ingredients except the raw meat at first. It should look like a crumbly paste. Then add raw ground beef.
  • I'm very old-fashioned and hands-on when I cook, so I always use my hands to combine my meat and other ingredients. I just feel like it's the only way that I know for certain that all of the ingredients and spices are blended thoroughly and evenly. I rub a tiny bit of olive oil on my hands and rub it in like lotion ALL OVER before I start mixing with my hands. This keeps all of my ingredients in the mix and not stuck to my hands.
  • I love it when my meatballs are practically all the same size. To keep them uniform, use a melon baller. If you don't have one, just use a measuring spoon. I like to use my tablespoon-sized plastic measuring spoon. I scoop raw meatball mix into it, level it off, and then roll the meat into a ball in my hands. (See photo above) I like to coat the spoon with a little olive oil. This keeps the spoon relatively clean and makes it easy to get the raw meatball out every time.
  • Line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil. This makes clean up a breeze, and I also feel like it cooks the meatballs better. The meatballs have deliciously crispy bottoms that are easy to separate from the foil.
  • When your meatballs have finished cooking, remove them from the oven and let them rest for about 5 minutes. This allows juices to get locked in. It also makes it easy to remove them from the aluminum foil. If you're moving the meatballs from the pan to a serving dish and notice the bottoms are sticking and destroying your picture-perfect meatballs, it's probably because they need to rest.
  • Not sure if your meatballs are cooked all the way through? Use a knife to cut your biggest meatball in half. As long as you don't see any pink, you should be good. If he's cooked, then the smaller ones have to be. If you still see raw pinkness, return to oven and cook for another 5-10 minutes but keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
  • Meatballs are a great meal that can be made ahead and frozen for future dinners.
  • You can also prepare these meatballs as appetizers. Stick a toothpick in each meatball for easy serving, and you're ready to host!
Zucchini and Spinach Rotini With Freshly Shredded Carrot and Homemade Italian Meatballs

Zucchini and Spinach Rotini With Freshly Shredded Carrot and Homemade Italian Meatballs

Easy Dinner Ideas

This meal is a favorite in my house! It might look complicated or time-consuming, but it isn't at all. My husband and I love freshly shredded carrots in our pasta dishes. We started doing this about a year ago. It tastes great, and it's an easy way to add more veggies to your meals and diet.


  • 1 (12-ounce) box of Barilla rotini (zucchini and spinach flavor)
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar of Ragu pasta sauce (traditional, old-world style)
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • See above for Italian meatball recipe

Tips for the Perfect Meal

  • Barilla veggie blend pastas come in different flavors. My favorite is the zucchini and spinach blend, which is green in color. It's pictured above, but with the sauce, it may not look very green. They also make a carrot and squash blend that is an orange-colored farfalle and a reddish penne that is a tomato and carrot blend.
  • The pasta takes about 8 minutes to boil, so I boil it while I'm rolling my meatballs.
  • When the pasta is finished, I drain it, return it to the pot and add my sauce and shredded carrot. I mix well and spoon it into a Pyrex baking dish.
  • When I'm done rolling my meatballs, I place my cookie sheet of meatballs and my dish of pasta in the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 400°. You can cover your pasta with foil if you don't want it to dry out, but I personally like it when the top layer gets a little over-baked.

© 2013 Heather


Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on February 26, 2020:

This looks like a great meatball recipe. The food photos are nice. Thanks for sharing!

Juanita on April 03, 2016:

Love these meatballs! Meatballs will make or break Italian spaghetti. I will definitely make these again!

Gina Gentry on September 13, 2015:

Hi! Do you think the meatballs would come out ok if I used half beef & half sausage? And if freezing, how long do you cook them when reheating? Thanks! :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 04, 2015:

Great recipe. I would love to give it a try with ground turkey/chicken instead of beef for the meatballs. Voted up!

Amy Caroline from Connecticut on March 03, 2015:

Sounds delicious, i will have to try the Worcestershire Sauce. I make an awesome chicken meatball/nugget. I might have to tweak my recipe and try it with Worcestershire Sauce. Thanks!

Heather (author) from Arizona on January 16, 2014:

@suzettenaples-- Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. I love using Worcestershire sauce in meatballs but sometimes skip it and use sour cream instead. Just depends on the meal. I myself am not a huge fan of oregano but use it in cooking for my husband. The oregano flavor is subtle in this recipe. Thanks again for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub :)

@chef-de-jour-- Thanks for visiting and commenting tonight. Making meatballs from scratch is such a rewarding experience for me. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub and thanks for the kind compliments about my photos :)

@EuroCafeAuLait-- Thanks so much for the lovely comment and advice. I haven't ever tried making them in the microwave but this sounds like a great time-saver. I'm so glad you stopped back by to let me know how much you enjoy them. Thanks again :)

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on January 16, 2014:

I make my meatballs from scratch too. My recipe is very simar to yours with the exception of oregano and Worchestershire sauce; although the Worchestershire sounds good and I may try that. No one in the family likes oregano. Nice presentation and thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on January 16, 2014:

I love meatballs and make my own from fresh mince regularly. These look first class. Your photos are top notch!

It's nearly midnight but my taste buds are quivering!

Voted up and shared.

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on November 20, 2013:

Hi there! I have tried these twice (or three times?) already so far, and they are great. I started making them in the microwave to save time and electricity, and they were wonderful. 5 mins on med high, then 5 more mins on high. Same technique, just make a ring around a large platter and if they aren't pink inside, they're done. Wonderful smells from the kitchen, my neighbors are all curious...

Heather (author) from Arizona on November 08, 2013:

@carter06-- Thanks so much for stopping by. You'll have to let me know how they come out for you :)

Mary from Cronulla NSW on November 06, 2013:

Great recipe..gotta love meatballs that are easy to make..can't wait to try these they look so delicious..Cheers

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 15, 2013:

@rebeccamealey-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Let me know how they come out with the turkey! I hope you love them! I know they'll be great :)

@ComfortB-- Thanks for checking out this hub and special thanks for the kind words :)

@Victoria Lynn-- Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by and thanks for the feedback :)

@Christy Zutautas -- Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

@Frank Menchise-- Thanks! I appreciate your visit and feedback :)

@Sunshine625-- Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you get a chance to try them out :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 12, 2013:

So easy and so tempting. I'll be making meatballs soon! :)

Frank Menchise on September 12, 2013:

They look so yummy, thanks for sharing

Christy Zutautas on September 12, 2013:

These meatballs look amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on September 12, 2013:

Great pics--looks yummy! Congrats on Hub of the Day!

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on September 12, 2013:

A job well done! Love the images too. Congrats on the HOTD award.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 12, 2013:

Great meat ball recipe. I am going to try it with ground turkey. Congratulations!

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@debraw50-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

@bluebird-- I'm glad you stopped by and read my hub. Hope you get to try these. Let me know how it goes :)

@Deb Welch-- Thanks for reading and commenting :)

@StoneCircle-- Haha! Thanks for the lovely comment. It's true though- there really is no other way.. I agree. My hands are sometimes my best kitchen gadget.

@stars439-- Thanks for such a wonderful comment. I bet your mother's food was out of this world and would have loved to have an opportunity to try some of it! I'm sorry to hear that she has passed. I'm sure her meatballs could put mine to shame, easily. My background is Polish but I have such a weak spot for pasta and make it at least once a week. Take care ;)

@DreamerMeg-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you get to try them and like them :)

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on September 12, 2013:

Great way of making meatballs. Must try these. We love meatballs and this will be a different variation.

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on September 12, 2013:

Enjoyed you're hub. My mother cooked meatballs , and macaroni for sixty years, and she cooked a large pot of it every Sunday. She owned a restaurant , and served the dish regularly. She was also a town council woman for our town. She passed away. Soon I will make some meatballs by using you're recipe. There is nothing like home made meatballs. God Bless You dear heart. I am Italian, and so is my family.

Susan McLeish from Rindge, NH on September 12, 2013:

I love how you call, "making meatballs with your hands" old fashioned. I was taught Italian cooking by a woman who was from Sicily. She would have it no other way. I can still hear her say,"Nessun cucchiaio!"(no spoon)

Deb Welch on September 12, 2013:

Thanks for this recipe. Excellent - sounds and looks good. Great ingredients.

bluebird on September 12, 2013:

Thank you! I've been wanting a good meatball recipe made with ground beef. This recipes looks good and easy and I like your recommendations and tips. Good pictures, good hub and good job!


Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@RTalloni-- HAHA! It sounds like it's meant to be :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting today :)

RTalloni on September 12, 2013:

Hmmm…could it be coincidence that Whole Foods just sent an advertisement for a sale on ground grass-fed beef and I've come across this recipe? Congrats on your Hub of the Day award and thanks! :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@janshares-- Thanks for all the kind words :) I'm glad you stopped by today :)

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on September 12, 2013:

Great looking hub! Congrats on HOTD, Heather Says. The pics are fantastic. I bet these oven-baked meatballs taste scrumptious. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@Beth37-- HAHA! That makes my day. You'll have to let me know how they come out. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

@Abdur rahman-- They are quite tasty! Thanks for stopping by and the kind words :)

@Eiddwen-- I'm glad you stopped by! Thanks for reading and commenting today :)

@im28beyond-- Thanks for reading and commenting today. I am a bit of a perfectionist when photographing my food and I love when people comment on my pictures; so thank you. You can guarantee that my final picture is of cold food because I have been taking so many pictures of it ;)

@pstraubie48-- Thanks for stopping by. That sounds like fun. I never met a meatball I didn't like ;)

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@tastiger04-- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you're able to give this recipe a try. Let me know when you get a chance. Thanks :)

@Pamela Mae Oliver-- Thanks for your visit and kind words. I'm glad you stopped by :)

@sarahmoose-- That sounds great! Let me know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

Heather (author) from Arizona on September 12, 2013:

@dilshah-- Thanks! I'm glad you stopped by and thanks for the comment :)

@randomcreative-- Thanks for stopping by. I love meatballs because of their versatility and how easy they can be! Thanks for the kind words :)

@MsDora-- Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you stopped by :)

@Tashaonthetown-- Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can try it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for commenting :)

@Niche Brooke-- Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you're able to give it a try to let me know how it turned out :)

@cianeko-- HAHA! Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you stopped by and left some feedback :)

Beth37 on September 12, 2013:

I have only made meatballs a few times... these look good. My son is sitting beside me ohhing and ahhing at your pics. I guess I'll have to make them. :)

Abdur rahman on September 12, 2013:

The food is looking very delicious , may be it will be delicious.

Eiddwen from Wales on September 12, 2013:

Mmm a great recipe to vote up and share.


Jazmine Llaguno from Cebu, Philippines on September 12, 2013:

I like how you photograph your food. It looks professionally done.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 12, 2013:

Please pass the meatballs. We love our meatballs and are always open to trying something new. When I have a party I bake them as I am able to cook a large number at once.

Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way ps

Sarah Chewings from Nottingham, England on September 12, 2013:

They sound awesome, will be doing this for tea tonight!!

tastiger04 on August 27, 2013:

This looks great! I will surely have to try them....I'm always looking for a easy and delicious meatball recipe :) Thanks for the info! :) Voted up and interesting, and useful!

Arni Abueva from Manila, Philippines on August 25, 2013:

Your photos made my tummy uneasy. Delicious!

Niche Brooke on August 24, 2013:

Thank you so much for sharing!! I'm definitely going to have to try this.

Natasha Pelati from South Africa on August 22, 2013:

Great hub! It's making me hungry and I am definitely going to try the recipe.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 22, 2013:

Thanks for the recipe. Your photos make me hungry; the food looks so good. Voted Up and Useful!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 21, 2013:

You weren't kidding when you said easy! I'm in awe. It's great to know that making homemade meatballs can be so simple. Thanks for the great recipe.

Dilawar Shah from Karachi on August 21, 2013:

wow Yummy... Thanks For Sharing..

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