Homeade Baked Italian Meatballs

Homemade meatballs are very easy to make and such a comfort food.  You will be amazed at how tender and delicious compared to the frozen store-bought meatballs.  Try out these meatballs that you make in the oven, so there is not a mess created on your oven top, there is nothing worse than cleaning up grease, not fun. I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com from chef Johns Italian meatballs, and it is one of my families favorite Sunday night splurge recipes and I do love cooking for my family and trust me they do tell me if they don’t love one of my experiments.  So believe me this is a keeper.  Give it a try and tell me what you think!


Mix it, to fix it!

One of the first steps is mixing the milk and breadcrumbs; you could also replace the liquid with chicken, beef or vegetable broth.  You let it sit for about 20 minutes so it can set, I was amazed how fast it set since it was so watery when I first mixed it.  Later in the recipe, you will be adding this to the ground beef and seasonings, so just let this sit to the side while you mix the other ingredients.

While the breadcrumbs and milk mix was setting, I began to saute the onions with olive oil, and as those were on the stove, I began to mix the meat and seasonings.


Mix the whole thing up!





In the recipe, it does say to let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes but my first pan I made I only put them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, and I didn’t see or taste a difference in the meatballs that sat in the fridge for one hour. But one thing I will say, make sure you spay the foil with cooking spray so that they won’t stick.  Yes, lesson learned, I thought when the meatballs cooked that the fat would help it not adhere to the aluminum foil but they did.
Finished and looking yummy.  Just add your favorite pasta sauce.


Chef John’s Italian Meatballs





  1. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Soak bread crumbs in milk in a small bowl for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onions in hot oil until translucent, about 20 minutes.
  4. Mix beef and pork in a large bowl. Stir onions, breadcrumb mixture, eggs, parsley, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, Italian herb seasoning, and Parmesan cheese into meat mixture with a rubber spatula until combined. Cover and refrigerate for about one hour.
  5. Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  6. Using wet hands, form meat mixture into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Arrange onto a prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and cooked through 15 to 20 minutes.


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