Easy Meatball Recipe

Making meatballs on a weeknight sound like too much work, but it's not. I promise. This is a simplified meatball recipe and to tell you the truth, it's still very tasty. I skip the diced onion and minced garlic, to save time. I also use my favorite jarred tomato sauce.

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A satisfying weeknight dinner

This is a dinner I make over and over again because it's so satisfying. While I love to put the meatballs in a hoagie, they are just as good placed on a bed of spaghetti.

If you're wanting to make this recipe a little healthier, you can use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef. Just remember that will change the consistency of the meatballs a bit. You can also use gluten free pasta or bread. Honestly, the meatballs are delicious as is, so you can skip the carbs all together and serve with a side of roasted broccoli or a caesar salad.

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Easy Meatball Recipe

Course dinner
Keyword dinner, meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 20 meatballs


Meatball Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pepper
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbps milk
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 1 medium zuccini grated
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs or more if needed
  • 1 jar tomato sauce

Optional Ingredients

  • spaghetti OR hoagie rolls
  • provolone slices for hoagie sandwiches not needed if you do spaghetti


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients except the tomato sauce. I think it’s easiest to mix with your hands. If the mixture seems too wet, add more breadcrumbs. The zucchini is optional. The meatballs will taste about the same if you leave it out.

  3. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray with non-stick oil. Roll out meatballs to the size of a golf ball. Bake for about 20 minutes or no longer pink in the middle.
  4. In the meantime, heat up the sauce in a saucepan. When the meatballs are done you can either keep them on the baking sheet or put in the pan with the sauce.
  5. You can serve the meatballs with sauce on cooked spaghetti or on hoagie buns with provolone cheese - just place under the broiler to melt the cheese.

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