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These tasty Basil Meatballs are packed full of flavor. Toss them in your favorite sauce, or keep them in the refrigerator for a quick protein filled snack.
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Basil Meatballs

These tasty Basil Meatballs are packed full of flavor. Toss them in your favorite sauce, or keep them in the refrigerator for a quick protein filled snack.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 539kcal

Ingredients

Baked Italian Meatballs:

  • 1 cup parmesan grated
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed
  • 20 large basil leaves fresh is always best
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef grass fed recommended
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Spaghetti and Meatballs:

  • 2 28 ounce jars marinara sauce
  • 1 pound pasta

Instructions

To make the meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Alternatively, if you have an oven safe baking rack that sits on top of a baking sheet, that will create even better meatballs because air will touch the bottoms and allow for even browning.
  • In a food processor, blend parmesan, garlic, basil leaves and red onion until well blended. It should resemble a thick pesto.
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  • In large bowl, combine basil mixture with remaining ingredients except salt and use hands to mix until all ingredients are well combined. Do not over mix. Once blended, add salt and mix just until the salt is distributed.
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  • Form meatball mixture into small balls, about a tablespoon in size. I like to use a cookie dough scoop to make them all the same size.
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  • Space evenly on baking sheet about a half an inch apart. I was able to fit 40 on one baking sheet. You will most likely need to cook them in two batches.
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  • Cook in preheated oven on prepared baking sheet until nicely browned, about 30-35 minutes. If you are unsure if they are cooked through, the inside of the meatball needs to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

To make spaghetti and meatballs:

  • To make spaghetti with meatballs, heat sauce in large pot over low heat and drop desired amount of meatballs in sauce. Cook until sauce and meatballs are heated through.
    meatballs in marinara sauce

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Notes

I prefer small meatballs for spaghetti but I'll form large balls for meatball subs. You just need to increase cooking time to account for the larger size.
Meatballs can be kept warm in a slow cooker with marinara sauce with the temperature on low if serving a crowd or as an appetizer.
Serving size based on about 1/4 pound of meat per person.

Nutrition

Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 3mg