Tender meatballs just like your Italian grandma would make, in a fraction of the time. A simple mix of ground beef, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese form these meatballs that get baked in the oven before taking a quick simmer in your favorite marinara sauce.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Quick and Easy Italian Meatballs.
1. Info for Quick and Easy Italian Meatballs
- Cook Time: 35 Min
- Total Time: 35 Min
- Servings: 12
- Calories: 105.9 kcal
2. Ingredients for Quick and Easy Italian Meatballs
- 2 lb. 85% lean ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
- 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (2/3 cup, for meatballs)
- 1 3/4 tsp. salt
- Black pepper (to taste)
- 24 oz. marinara sauce (1 large jar)
- Grated Parmesan cheese (for serving)
- fresh basil leaves
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Grate or press the garlic cloves into a large mixing bowl. Add the beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper. Using clean hands, mix the ingredients until just combined.
Divide the meat mixture into 36 balls, about 1 inch in diameter and 1.5 oz. each, and place on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake the meatballs on middle rack of oven until cooked through, 16-17 minutes.
Check to see that meatballs are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.
Transfer the meatballs to a large pot and pour in the marinara sauce. Set the pot over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer the meatballs in the sauce until heated through, 3-5 minutes.
Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish and top with the grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves, if you like. Serve immediately.