Easy Baked Meatballs


Making baked meatballs has become so easy with a baking method. It literally takes no extra effort, and they still are super saucy. Therefore, we have a perfect recipe for making the meatballs in the oven and making a simple and quick sauce on the stovetop. So why wait for the delicious and juiciest easy baked meatballs you have ever made. Let us make them now, then!

Easy Baked Meatballs

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6


For Meatballs

  • 2/3 pound Ground Beef Lean
  • 2/3 pound Italian Sausage torn without casting
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Onion grated and drained
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Dried Italian Herb seasoning
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp basil freshly chopped
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tsp Mustard powder
  • ½ tsp Black pepper freshly ground
  • Kosher salt to taste

For Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • ¼ cup Red wine preferred dry
  • ¼ cup Low sodium Chicken stock
  • 1 tsp Dried Italian Herb seasoning
  • 1 tsp Black pepper freshly ground
  • Kosher Salt to taste


  • Preheat the oven at 400-degree F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the ingredients for the meatballs, i.e., ground beef, sausage, onion, garlic, panko, egg, milk, herb seasoning, parmesan, basil, paprika, mustard powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Once mixed well, roll out the meatballs around 1-inch to 1 ¼ inch balls. That batter will make around 20 to 15 meatballs.
  • Grease the baking pan with 1 tbsp of butter and place the meatballs on the pan.
  • Let them bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked and browned.
  • Once cooked, let them rest and sit ahead.
  • Add the remaining 2 tbsp of butter to the Dutch oven and let it heat on medium heat.
  • Once the butter is foamy, sauté onions until translucent.
  • Now, add garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant.
  • Pour in the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and mix.
  • Season with Italian herb seasoning and pepper.
  • Once the sauce starts to shimmer, let it cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Let the sauce thicken, and it is more like coating consistency.
  • Drop the meatballs in the sauce and cook them for 5 minutes until sauce coats the meatballs.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

Serving Ideas for baked meatballs

These saucy meatballs are delicious on their own, but you can always serve it as a complete meal by pairing it with different elements. Here is a list of a few sides we love to serve these meatballs with:

  • Rice: From plain rice to fried rice, these meatballs and tomato sauce are perfect for enjoying with them.
  • Spaghetti or pasta: You can say it will be a shortcut for the spaghetti meatballs. If not, you can also serve it over plain salted pasta. It will still be delicious.
  • Meatballs with a side of roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. This might be a unique combination, but it is so delicious to try.