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


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.


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


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.

Christina A

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

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.


Would like to try this but need Celiac recipe since I can’t use bread crumbs, crackers & etc. Please include recipes that work for Celiac’s as well. Thank You


I make these with an equal amount of gluten-free bread crumbs and they come out great.


Can you use gluten free breads toast and make your own bread crumbs?


I just substitute soaked in water gluten free bread or gluten free bread crumbs. Egg. Parsley. Grated parmesan cheese. Salt. Pepper. Garlic powder or minced garlic.


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!

Dianne Harmon

5 stars
Easy to make and taste good. What we didn’t eat for supper are on a pan in the freezer for next time.


Made these for a very picky grandson and he absolutely loved them.
They are so delicious!


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

Virginia Mulligan

5 stars
Just delicious!!! and they were very easy to make!! my family ate them all!! thank you for this recipe!!

Betty Sapp

5 stars
The best. A keeper! always waiting in the freezer.


5 stars
Rachel, You didn’t lie. These were the best meatballs They were delicious and much better than any restaurant and no eggs needed to hold them together.


I cooked mine for 25 minutes in a greased pan, but I wasn’t sure if I needed to turn them. Mine were crispy on the bottom, so I had to cut off the burnt bottoms. They were still delicious! Big hit, especially for my husband who is allergic to most recipes, which include eggs.


5 stars
Awesome flavor even when my ingredients weren’t the freshest. So easy to make and the consistency of mixture held together perfect to form the meatballs. Definitely worth saving this site as my go-to recipe for meatballs. Thanks for sharing!

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