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A tray of Meatballs with sauce

Quick & Easy Cheesy Homemade Meatballs

The best quick & easy authentic Italian meatball recipe, made healthy with beef, Italian breadcrumbs, and seasonings and baked in the oven. Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Gluten-free, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 18 meatballs

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs we used gluten-free, but any Italian flavored breadcrumbs will be fine
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef could also use ground pork, ground turkey, or a mixture of several ground meats
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated (the real cheese, not the powdery stuff in the can)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt if using table salt, reduce to 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic use larger cloves if possible or increase to 4-5 cloves if they are small
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsely roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • spaghetti sauce use the brand with the least amount of added sugar
  • mozzarella cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Whisk together the bread crumbs and milk until the mixture is like a slurry.
  • Combine the beef with the egg, Parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, and bread crumb mixture in a large bowl until well blended.
  • Use a small scoop to form 18 golf ball size meatballs. Place meatballs on a baking sheet with a rim around the edge (to catch any fluid that comes out during baking).
  • Bake the meatballs for 25 minutes or until the centers are no longer pink.
  • Arrange meatballs on a plate, pour 1/2 cup of sauce overtop, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Notes

For my bariatric serving, I ate 5 meatballs with 1/2 cup low sugar sauce and 1/2 oz of mozzarella cheese. I also had cauliflower on the side.
If you use a small scoop as I have recommended, the meatballs will be about 1 oz each. We ate them with Portobello, Kale, and Sausage spaghetti sauce and cauliflower on the side, but I think they would even better with spaghetti or zucchini noodles (made with a spiralizer).
I also recommend you bake the meatballs on a baking sheet with a rim, to catch any juices that come out of the beef during cooking.
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