Easy Dinner Meatballs

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Rated 5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
Easy Dinner Meatballs
Easy Dinner Meatballs


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Pour about ½ cup water into a rimmed 12x19-inch baking sheet and lay a sheet of parchment paper on top.
  2. Combine ground beef, Parmesan cheese, parsley, egg, garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until well mixed.
  3. Shape beef mixture into 2-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet. 
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  5. Pour marinara sauce into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat; add meatballs and cook until flavors combine, about 15 minutes.
Mealthy tip:

For tender, juicy meatballs, don't opt for extra-lean ground beef—a little bit of fat adds flavor and moisture. 85 to 90% lean would be ideal. For a healthier take, use ground turkey instead of beef. Alternatively, use half ground pork and half beef for a more authentic, Italian flavor.


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Jen the Mighty says:

Meatballs are my kid's favorite, so this recipe is a definite winner! I was pleasantly surprised to see no breadcrumbs in this recipe (crumbs can sometimes be overwhelming as a filler). The Parmesan is just the right amount and everything binds well. Definitely opt for the 80/20 or 80/15 blends of ground beef to keep these juicy and delicious!

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Greg Jones says:

These meatballs were so good! They're good in spaghetti or by themselves. I like to eat them with just a little sauce. My boys also loved these, so the next time I make them I'll probably double the batch.