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Baked meatballs in a pan with marinara and topped with fresh basil

Oven Baked Meatballs

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WW Freestyle: 2
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
You’ll love these juicy and tender Italian style baked meatballs in your favorite marinara sauce. Super simple and surprisingly quick, these flavorful meatballs will be on your plate in under an hour.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 40 meatballs
Calories: 80


  • 2 cups bread crumbs made from stale bread, try not to use store bought ready-breadcrumbs; IF keto/low carb, use pork panko crumbs
  • ¾ cups milk
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ pound ground veal, (or use more ground pork)
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup grated fresh Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce, or use your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce
  • fresh basil ribbons, for garnish
  • grated Parmesan, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Grease two baking sheets with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Tear slices of stale bread into pieces; place in a food processor and pulse to make 2 cups of chunkier crumbs.
  • Combine 2 cups bread crumbs with milk in a large mixing bowl; moisten bread and let stand 5 minutes.
  • To the bread crumbs, add ground beef, pork, veal, minced onion, garlic, eggs, parsley, basil, Italian Seasoning, salt, pepper, and cheese.
  • Gently stir and mix everything together until thoroughly combined.
  • Lightly grease your hands with cooking spray and shape meat mixture into meatballs; meatballs should be about 1.5-inches in size.
  • Transfer meatballs to prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake meatballs for 10 minutes; flip over the meatballs and bake for 8 more minutes, or until just cooked through. Meatballs are done when internal temperature registers at 165˚F. Use an instant read thermometer for accurate results.
  • While meatballs are baking, warm the marinara sauce in a deep skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Remove meatballs from oven and add to warm marinara sauce; stir to coat and continue to cook over medium-low heat for 3 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with basil ribbons and Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.


Nutrition Facts
Oven Baked Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 meatball)
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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