Recipe: Easy Weeknight Meatballs

updated Jan 29, 2020
Easy Weeknight Meatballs
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Have you ever wanted to make your own homemade meatballs? It’s super easy and doesn’t take that long. Let us show you how!

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Pasta and meatballs! (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Easy Weeknight Meatballs

Serves 6

Nutritional Info


  • 2 pounds

    ground meat of your choice: turkey, veal, pork, chicken, buffalo, beef, etc.

  • 2 tablespoons

    of either (or a combination of) dried oregano, dried basil, dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon


  • 2 teaspoons

    ground black pepper

  • 1 cup

    grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

  • 2 cups

    bread crumbs

  • 2


  • 1/2 cup

    tomato sauce

  • 1 clove

    garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons

    chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands. Mix well but don't overmix or you will end up with dense meatballs. If the mixture does not stick together, add a little more tomato sauce a tablespoon at a time.

  3. Form the meat mixture into balls about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Don't pack them too tight. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet spaced a few inches apart. Roast the meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes. Serve the meatballs over pasta and sauce.

Recipe Notes

You could try adding chopped vegetables such as onions, peppers, and eggplant for more flavor. You can also cook the meatballs in a skillet for 7 to 8 minutes if you don't want to use an oven.

This recipe can be easily halved.