Baked Meatball **

Cheesy meatballs with tomato sauce baked right in the oven – no mess or frying! Good enough for a fancy dinner to serve for a holiday or to dinner guests.

juicy italian baked meatballs in a rustic tomato sauce are soft and tender. you’ll love this easy recipe!
It may be hard to get the texture and taste right out of a humble meatball, but I’m here to tell you it’s super easy. Dry Meatballs are a thing of the past, and that homemade Marinara sauce is crazy good.

There’s nothing more cathartic than rolling meatballs, and nothing easier than giving them to your oven to cook through and brown while your sole focus is creating a rich and rustic sauce. This is the case here.

The best meatballs are tender, baked and browned in a hot oven to seal in all the juices. Simmered in robust sauce for a couple of minutes ensures they soak up all of those saucy flavours, this is an easy dinner recipe that will be a hit with your family!

how to make baked meatballs
Meatballs are hard to master for some people. It’s easier to buy cooked meatballs in throw them in a bottled sauce. However, great meatballs start with a great meat mix.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins


  • 1½ pounds meatloaf meat mix (beef, pork, veal combo) OR use ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic-roughly chopped, not minced
  • a handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (not the grated green can cheese)
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste
  • Sauce of your choice (approx two 24-oz jars)
  • Mozzarella cheese to top it off with




  1. Mix all of the above meatball ingredients and form your meatballs-not too large. Mine made about 24.

  1. Grease a baking sheet (one that has sides) and bake the meatballs at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.


  1. Lower oven to 375.
  2. Pour some sauce in the bottom of your dish(es).
  3. I used a 2 8×8 glass dishes or you could use one 9×13. Also, you can bake one pan of them and freeze one for later.
  4. Lay meatballs on top of the sauce.

  1. Cover with more sauce and dress the top up with lots of mozzarella! It should be generously covered with cheese!

  1. Cover with foil and bake for 20 more minutes.
  2. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 mins or until meatballs are cooked through and cheese is browning.

  1. For the last 4 minutes I raised the oven temp to 400 to help the browning. Just keep an eye on the cheese to make sure it’s browning and not burning.


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