Easy Homemade Meatballs

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to share a recipe with you that I absolutely love!  I have been making homemade meatballs since I was in college.  I have made them so much, that I know the recipe by heart.  This is the first meal that I made for Jeremy.  I like to think it’s what hooked him.  Just kidding, but he did love it!  These meatballs are so easy and flavorful that you will never eat frozen meatballs again! 

Recently, I made these meatballs last minute, and I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand, but they still turned out great!  These meatballs and the ingredients are very adaptable.  You can change up the spices, or add more or less of each one.  And, the ingredients are all things you will usually have in your pantry.  These meatballs can be made ahead of time and frozen.  You can also double or triple the recipe and freeze.  They can be made earlier in the day and then let them simmer in a sauce for hours before dinner. 

Easy and Delicious Homemade Meatballs

These can be used in any kind of sauce that you wish.  You can also serve them as an appetizer or throw them in a crock pot with barbeque sauce.  

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These meatballs can be baked in the oven or if you are short on time, they can be browned in a skillet.  I prefer to bake them, but the last time I made them I didn’t have that much time, so I browned them in the skillet.  I did drain any grease off of them before adding them into the sauce.  After they were brown on all sides, I let them simmer in the sauce for 30 minutes.  

 

In order to bake them, you first need to preheat your oven to 350.  Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray it with a nonstick spray. 

For the meatballs you will need:

1 pound ground hamburger meat

1 egg

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup Italian bread crumbs

½  small onion, minced

¼ cup fresh parsley, minced

2 tablespoons minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste.  

You can add more parsley, onion, or garlic if you like.  I also have used dried parsley and garlic powder and they work well too. 

First, whisk together the egg and spices.   

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Next, add in the rest of the ingredients, except for the meat and mix it all together.  

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Now, add in the meat and get messy!  Mix everything together with your hands. 

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Once you have all the ingredients mixed together, form the meatballs.  You can make them as big or small as you want.  Just make sure you make them all the same size so they will cook evenly.  I used an ice cream scoop to form mine.  

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Once formed, place them on your cookie sheet and bake them for 25-30 minutes until they are browned. 

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If you will be simmering in a sauce, it’s okay if they aren’t completely cooked all the way through.   They will finish cooking while they are simmering in the sauce. 

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If you are cooking them in a skillet, brown each side.  This takes about 10 minutes total.  Once they are brown, add them to a sauce and let them finish cooking in the sauce.

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When you put the meatballs into the sauce, let them simmer for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better. 

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Serve them with spaghetti.

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Or on a meatball sub!

Easy Homemade Meatballs

You can also use ground turkey in place of the ground beef.  If you do, up the amount of spices a bit.  Your oven times may need to be adjusted depending on how large or small you make the meatballs.  Just keep an eye on them and when they are brown, they are done!  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!  

Easy Homemade Meatballs

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6 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Meatballs

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot Reply

    These look tasty! I bet they’d be good with some red pepper flakes added too!

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      Tara Reply

      I bet they would too! That’s really funny that you said that because when I got the spices out, I looked at the red pepper flakes and debated on throwing some in.

  2. Crystal Renaud Reply

    These sound great! I prefer homemade meatballs and the last time I tried my own with ground turkey they were dry. I will have to try this recipe with ground beef!

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      Tara Reply

      I love them! Next time I make them with turkey I’ll pay more attention to specific baking times. I’m bad about overcoming ground turkey. I’m just never sure if it’s done enough!

  3. Katherine @ A Fit Girl and Her Dog Reply

    These look awesome! I’ll be a rebel and mix 50/50 turkey/beef. Hopefully they turn out.
    Thanks for sharing!

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      Tara Reply

      Let me know if they do! That’s a great idea!!

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