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These are the best baked meatballs out there! A crispy crust and a juicy and flavorful center. These meatballs are sure to quickly become a family favorite!

Spaghetti and Meatballs in a white dish

There’s always one meal I know that everyone in the family will eat and love. That meal is spaghetti and meatballs. I always end up serving my spaghetti and meatballs. I usually double or triple the recipe and freeze what we don’t eat so I have a quick meal on hand that is a guaranteed winner.

  • Freezer Instructions

    These meatballs can be frozen. Place on a baking sheet after forming into meatballs and place in the freezer to freeze. Once frozen, remove from baking sheet and transfer to a resealable plastic bag for longer term storage. They will stay good in the freezer for 1 to 3 months.

  • Leftovers and Reheating Instructions

    Store in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. Will stay good for up to 5 days.

These are the best baked meatballs out there! A crispy crust and a juicy and flavorful center. These meatballs are sure to quickly become a family favorite!

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Spaghetti and Meatballs in a white dish
These are the best baked meatballs out there! A crispy crust and a juicy and flavorful center. These meatballs are sure to quickly become a family favorite!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 pan or baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Shape into 1 to 1.5 inch balls. Whatever size you choose, they should all be roughly the same size for even cooking.
  • Bake for 25 -30 minutes. Serve hot.


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 93mg | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Meatballs
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February 9, 2020 9:20 pm

We use Cheez It’s instead of breadcrumbs and it is amazing.

August 7, 2020 9:13 am

I have a question…most meatball recipes call for one egg as a binder… this recipe doesn’t. Is this a mistake or is there a reason? I will try the recipe but will add an egg. Love your recipes and blog… thank you, Geri

September 28, 2020 7:32 am
Reply to  Geri

She mentions in the video that she doesn’t use an egg, that this recipe doesn’t need it

May 11, 2020 7:49 pm

5 stars
I am so glad to have this recipe . These meatballs are so delicious and easy . The fact that they are baked makes it even better. We like to use Italian sausage also. Thank you . This is now my go to meatball recipe.

May 28, 2020 3:03 pm
Reply to  Connie

I also use sweet Italian sausage with ground beef. Just take out of casings gives the meatballs a great flavor. I also break up bread instead of breadcrumbs

August 23, 2020 9:37 pm
Reply to  Connie

I also add 1-2 eggs, some fresh chopped parsley, and some finely chopped onion. I’ve never heard of Worcestershire sauce in meatballs, but if it’s good for you that’s all that matters. Preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.

May 29, 2020 9:00 pm

Thank you ! You have the best recipes Easy and delicious. You are the greatest 💕💕

April 20, 2020 5:51 am

4 stars
I bake mine at 325 for 30 min and they are definitely cooked through but stay soft and not burnt. I only season with garlic and grated onion, salt and pepper. Great way to cook meatballs.

May 15, 2020 10:31 am

4 stars
Like some others I had a problem with these burning on the bottom and making cleanup a bit of a chore. However , the taste and texture of the meatballs was truly excellent. I think I might try lowering the temperature to 350 next time.

Tammy K
August 28, 2020 2:41 pm
Reply to  Karen

I use a roasting pan with a rack….they dont burn or stick. Line the pan itself with heavy duty foil and boom…clean up is easy

Christina A
February 4, 2020 8:59 am

5 stars
I have made this for my family several times and it’s always a hit. Easy and delicious!

April 8, 2019 7:41 pm

4 stars
Easy to make but way too much Worcestershire sauce for me. I will cut in half next time.

July 11, 2020 3:21 pm

5 stars
This is the best meatball recipe! My family loves it and I love that it’s super easy and versatile. My family tries to gobble these up when they come out of the oven!

Anne Marie
December 27, 2020 9:06 pm

3 stars
Tasted ok, dense, on par with store bought. Burnt on the bottom, seems like the Worcestershire. WIll make again, baking at 350, halving the Worcestershire, and reading some other of the more successful reviews with modifications. Liked that it was pretty easy to make.

Diane l lemberger
November 29, 2020 12:53 pm

Love this! I add dried green pepper and grated Peccarino. So easy my husband loved these.

November 4, 2020 4:19 pm

These were delicious. Did not change a thing and my husband and I loved them
Thanks for all your wonderful recipes

Jayne Anne Gehring
October 28, 2020 5:24 pm

I’ve never liked meatballs until now. This is wonderful!

October 28, 2020 1:41 am

I tried this recipe and its super flavorful, kids AND adults we all loved it😍

October 26, 2020 3:34 pm

This recipe is so good , we use it to make our hamburgers also. DELICIOUS !!!!!

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