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Baked Italian Meatballs in a Colorful pasta bowl with spaghetti and spaghetti sauce

Easy Baked Italian Meatballs

Perfect in Texture and Flavor. Easy Baked Italian Meatballs are perfect for your favorite spaghetti sauce.
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 26 meatballs
Calories 62kcal


  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 85% lean to 15% fat
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning or 6 Tablespoons fresh Italian herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Peel and dice onion and garlic. In a medium bowl, slightly beat the eggs, milk and buttermilk together.
  • In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well with your hands. Using the palms of your hands, form into golf ball sized balls. About 15 gentle rolls will form a meatball.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


  • Use your hands to mix the ingredients together. The light touch of your hands is a perfect tool for this job. Using a spoon will crush ingredients together rather than combine, and you risk mashing the ingredients into a paste. Full pieces of ground meat should be visible for a perfectly textured meatball.
  • Roll the meat into balls: Again, use your hands. Grab a chunk of the mixed meat mixture and using the palms of your hands roll into a golf ball sized meatball. About 15 gentle rolls will form a good solid meatball.
  • Italian Seasonings: If you want to substitute fresh herbs for the dried mix, please know the ratio rule of thumb: One tablespoon fresh herbs to one teaspoon of dried herbs. This recipe calls for two tablespoons dried herbs. There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon, so you will use a total of 6 tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs.
Nutrition facts are for 1 meatball


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg