Easy Meatball Recipe

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. The meatballs are so tender and easily cut through with a fork.

Meatball recipe made from scratch, and baked to perfection in a homemade marinara sauce. Baked in a casserole dish.

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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.

Soft and tender meatballs baked with a homemade meatball sauce. Served with pasta.

How to Make Meatballs-

Meatballs are so easy to make and can be prepared in 10 minutes, the perfect dinner for a busy evening.

  1. Add ground meat to a bowl, create a well.
  2. Add the bread crumbs, whisked eggs, mayo, seasonings and herbs.
  3. Mix everything until well combined.
  4. Roll the mixture into round meatballs, be sure to pack the meatballs tightly. Cook meatballs (see below).
  5. Prepare the delicious homemade marinara sauce. Pour over meatballs in a baking dish.
  6. Cover dish and bake.
  7. ENJOY!

How to cook meatballs-

The meatballs may be baked or sauteed in a skillet.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

How to make meatballs recipe. Preparing the meatballs, making the homemade marinara sauce.

What kind of ground meat –

You want to use beef with an 80% lean-20% fat ground beef for best results.  90% lean-10% fat meat will also work.

Meatball sauce-

Though you can use store-bought marinara for this 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.

Easy meatball recipe in a casserole dish topped with Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil.

How to serve meatballs-

The meatballs may be served over pasta of choice, over mashed potatoes, in sliders for parties, or as a sub.

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.

Easy meatball recipe topped with a homemade meatball sauce. Served with pasta on a plate.

I hope you love this recipe for classic homemade meatballs. Don’t forget to tag us on social media if you try this recipe, we enjoy seeing your creations. #ValentinasCorner

Try these other dinner recipes: Chicken Parmesan, Stuffed Peppers, and the Chicken Scampi Recipe.

Tools used to make this recipe: casserole dish, tongs, skillet, hand blender.

5 from 1 vote
Easy Meatball Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

An amazing and easy homemade Meatball Recipe. Juicy and flavorful meatballs in a homemade marinara sauce, perfect for a busy evening. 

Course: Dinner
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 562 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
  • 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
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 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
Prepare meatballs-
  1. Grate onion on the small protruding holes’ side of the grater.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for meatballs.
  3. Form 1 - 1 ½ inch round meatballs, packing meatballs tightly. Yields about 30 meatballs.

  4. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil. Once hot, add the meatballs. Cook meatballs until all sides are browned, flipping as needed. 

  5. Remove and place the meatballs in a casserole dish. 

Prepare Sauce-
  1. In a skillet, sauté the finely chopped onion with oil and butter.
  2. Once onions are cooked, add diced tomatoes, water, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Simmer on low for about 5 minutes. 

  4. Puree the marinara with a hand mixer or blender until desired consistency. 

  5. Once tomato sauce is smooth, add back to the skillet. Add the fresh basil, oregano, and parsley. Allow to cook another 1-2 minutes.

  6. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Cover with foil.
  7. Bake covered 45 minutes. Remove foil, bake for another 5 minutes.

  8. Enjoy with your favorite side. 

  9. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Meatball Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 170mg 57%
Sodium 1416mg 59%
Potassium 481mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 5%
Vitamin C 3.4%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 19.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Victoria 10/26/2018, 8:53 pm

    The best meatballs recipe ever! Simple and great recipe! Thanks so much:)

    • Valentina's Corner 10/26/2018, 11:06 pm

      Thank you for visiting, Victoria. I totally agree – so good!!!

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