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Italian Baked Meatballs

These delicious Baked Meatballs are tender and juicy, baked in a simple spiced tomato sauce. Makes the perfect Dinner Recipe, serve over your favourite Pasta.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked meatballs, meatball casserole
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

FOR THE MEATBALLS

  • 1 1/2 slices bread (60 grams)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • .66 pound ground beef (15-20% fat) (300 grams)
  • 1 large Italian sausage (casing removed and chopped) (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (50 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 dashes black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

FOR THE TOMATO SAUCE

  • 14 ounces Peeled Tomatoes (Roma / San Marzano-1 can) (400 grams)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 dashes hot pepper flakes if desired
  • 1 tablespoon water

TOPPINGS

  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil on a oven save skillet or pan (10 inches / 25 cm).

FOR THE MEATBALLS

  • In a small bowl add the milk and bread (crust removed) let soak, then squeeze out excess moisture and crumble.
  • In a large bowl add the ground beef, sausage, crumbled bread, parmesan, parsley, egg, salt, pepper and garlic, gently combine. (do not over mix). Form into 7-8 meatballs.

FOR THE SAUCE

  • In a medium bowl add the tomatoes (chop coarsely) then add the garlic, oregano, basil, olive oil, salt, hot pepper flakes and water, combine with a fork.
  • Pour the sauce on the bottom of the pan, place meatballs on top. Sprinkle with half the parmesan cheese and fresh thyme. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and serve immediately 

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 956mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 3.7mg