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Italian meatballs served over a bowl of spaghetti
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5 from 41 votes

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Italian Meatballs

These easy oven-baked Italian meatballs are incredibly tender and juicy with irresistible flavors that will have you craving for more. Made with ground beef, onion, garlic, parmesan cheese, and parsley, these meatballs are seasoned to perfection and ready to be served in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep
Cuisine: Italian
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Servings: 4 people
Calories: 320kcal


  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup milk or beef broth
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 medium onion finely diced or grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp salt or 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese preferably real Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley or 1 tsp of dried parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add Italian bread crumbs and milk. Combine well and set aside while preparing the other ingredients, for at least 5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef, onion, garlic, egg, salt, black pepper, parmesan cheese, and parsley into the soaked bread crumb mixture, and mix with your hands until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Portion onto the prepared baking sheet (using a cookie or ice cream scoop will make it easier). Wet your hands with water, and roll meatballs into 2" diameter balls.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs have reached an internal temperature of 165˚F (74°C). Remove from oven and drain off any excess fat. Serve with your favorite sauce and enjoy!


To freeze your meatballs: simply cook them as per regular instructions, and let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.
They will be good for up to 3 months in the freezer. To serve, simply thaw overnight and reheat them in sauce or in the oven for about 8-10 minutes at 350°F. 
For additional tips and tricks to make the best meatballs as well as a detailed ingredient list, please refer to the blog post above! 
To get a visual reference, please refer to the video tutorial. 
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Calories: 320kcal