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Baked Italian Meatballs

Learn how to make the best Italian meatball recipe! Serve these homemade Italian meatballs for a quick weeknight dinner, or freeze them for later.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Bread Soaking5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer or main
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian meatball recipe, italian meatball recipes, italian meatballs
Servings: 24 meatballs
Calories: 203kcal


  • Baking sheet
  • Wire rack
  • Mixing bowl


  • 2 pounds ground beef 80/20
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400℉ degrees. In a large bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, Italian breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, pepper, garlic powder, salt, and Italian seasoning. Mix well.
    2 pounds ground beef, 1 pound ground pork, 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
    italian meatball ingredients in a clear bowl
  • Set meat mixture aside. Place 2 slices of bread onto a plate and pour milk over top. Let the bread soak up all the milk, for about 5 minutes.
    2 slices white bread, 1 cup milk
    white bread on a white plate with milk pouring over top
  • After your bread has soaked up most of the milk, gently squeeze the bread until all the extra liquid is released.
    squeezing white bread
  • Add soaked bread into the meat mixture and give it a good mix.
    italian meatball mixture in a clear bowl
  • Tightly roll the meat mixture into 1-inch balls using your hands. Place rolled meatballs onto a baking sheet, evenly spaced apart so none of them are touching.
    italian meatballs rolled on a baking sheet
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Once meatballs are done, remove them from the oven and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Enjoy!
    Sea salt
    Italian meatballs baked



  • Wet your hands: Working with damp hands will prevent the beef mixture from sticking to your fingers.
  • Use a wire rack: Bake the meatballs on a wire rack on a large baking sheet to ensure all the fat drips down during baking.


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg