An amazing Easy Meatball Recipe. Juicy and flavorful meatballs in a homemade marinara sauce. These homemade meatballs will be a great and hearty topping to your favorite pasta or served as subs. The meatballs are so tender, juicy and easily cut through with a fork.
I’d say the perfect meatball recipe made from scratch is one that is really easy to make and yields phenomenal results. That’s what you’ll get when you make these meatballs. The bonus is you know what is being added to the meatballs and what you are feeding your family – a great reason to skip the store-bought meatballs. Juicy and tender meatballs in the most delicious homemade marinara sauce.
How to Make Meatballs-
Meatballs are so easy to make and can be prepared in no time, the perfect dinner for a busy evening.
- Add ground meat to a bowl, create a well.
- Add the bread crumbs, whisked eggs, mayo, seasonings and herbs.
- Mix everything until well combined.
- Roll the mixture into round meatballs, be sure to pack the meatballs tightly. Cook meatballs (see below).
- Prepare the delicious homemade marinara sauce. Pour over meatballs in a baking dish.
- Cover dish and bake.
How to cook meatballs-
The meatballs may be baked or sauteed in a skillet.
- To BAKE meatballs in the oven: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Space meatballs on the baking sheet, the meatballs shouldn’t be touching each other. Bake meatballs at 400°F for 15-20 minutes.
- To FRY meatballs on the stovetop: Cover bottom of a frying pan or Dutch oven with oil. Cook the meatballs until browned on all sides, no need to cook all the way through.
What kind of ground meat do I use –
You want to use beef with about 90% lean-10% fat content. You can use all beef in this recipe or mix the meat with other meat. One pound beef may be mixed with one pound of ground Italian sausage, pork or turkey and have wonderful results.
Though you can use store-bought marinara for this meatball recipe. This homemade sauce is wonderful and so easy to make. The sauteed onion and garlic with herbs and seasonings added to the tomatoes make for the perfect marinara sauce.
How to serve meatballs-
The meatballs may be served over pasta of choice, over mashed potatoes, in sliders for parties, or as a sub sandwich with your favorite toppings.
Freezing uncooked meatballs-
Prepare and shape meatballs. Arrange on a baking sheet and freeze meatballs. Once solid, transfer meatballs to a freezer container. To cook, thaw meatballs completely.
Can meatballs be reheated?
The meatballs are easily reheated. Cover the dish with foil and foil and reheat in the oven.
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Try these other dinner recipes:
- Chicken Parmesan– a classic Italian dish.
- Stuffed Peppers-so unexpected and packed with flavor.
- Chicken Scampi Recipe-Olive Garden copycat recipe but so much better.
- Philly Cheese Steak Sliders– So popular for an easy dinner.
Easy Meatball Recipe
- 2 lbs ground beef
- ½ large onion, finely grated
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 3 Tbsp whole milk
- oil for sautéing
- 2 (14 oz. each) cans diced tomatoes
- 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp dried parsley
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- Grate onion on the small protruding holes’ side of the grater.
- In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for meatballs.
- Form 1 - 1 ½ inch round meatballs, packing meatballs tightly. Yields about 30 meatballs.
- Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil. Once hot, add the meatballs. Cook meatballs until all sides are browned, flipping as needed.
- Remove and place the meatballs in a casserole dish.
- In a skillet, sauté the finely chopped onion with oil and butter.
- Once onions are cooked, add diced tomatoes, water, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer on low for about 5 minutes.
- Puree the marinara with a hand mixer or blender until desired consistency.
- Once tomato sauce is smooth, add back to the skillet. Add the fresh basil, oregano, and parsley. Allow to cook another 1-2 minutes.
- Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Cover with foil.
- Bake at 375F covered 45 minutes. Remove foil, bake for another 5 minutes.
- Enjoy with your favorite side.
- Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired.