Let me show you how to make the best Oven Baked Meatballs that everyone will be talking about! With just 6 simple ingredients, 30 minutes of your time, you will have perfectly juicy and tender meatballs! To make it extra special, serve it with homemade marinara sauce and a bowl of spaghetti. Even your Italian Nonna will love them!
Preheat the oven to 400°F, line a baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, put all the ingredients (1 pound ground beef, ½ cup bread crumbs, ¼ cup milk, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, ½ cup grated onion, 1 egg, salt, and pepper). Using your hands or a spatula, mix all the ingredients until well combined.
To make the meatballs, I like to use a 1 ½ tablespoon ice scream scoop to make sure the meatballs are all the same size. Roll them in the balls and place on the baking sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes or until internal temperature is 160°F.
While the meatballs are baking you can make a homemade marinara sauce or reheat a store-bought one. Also cook the spaghetti according to the instructions.
When the meatballs are done, place them in the pan with marinara sauce and stir to cover.
To serve, place spaghetti on the plates and top it with meatballs with marinara sauce.
Don’t overwork the mixture. To keep the meat tender, don’t overmix the ingredients. I like to mix the meat mixture by hands. This way you can mix everything fast, without overworking the mixture.Use 85% lean meat. If you use 90% lean meat, it won’t have enough fat and most likely will come out dry. I found that 85% lean meat works the best for this recipe, keeping the meatballs juicy and tender.Even size. To make the meatballs the same size, I like to use a 1 ½ tablespoon ice cream scoop. Then roll it into the balls.How long do they last in the fridge? You can refrigerate them in an air tight container or a zip-lock bag for up to 5 days.Can you Freeze them? Absolutely! When properly stored, they will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Keep them in an air tight container or a zip-lock bag. To defrost, place them to a refrigerator overnight.How to reheat meatballs? You can reheat them in the oven or in tomato sauce.
For the oven, preheat it to 350°F. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet, put it in the oven, and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
If you want to serve them with the marinara sauce, place the meatballs to the simmering sauce for about 10 minutes.