This post is sponsored by Skinner® Pasta. All comments and opinions are my own.
A staple in any household should include an easy homemade meatballs recipe. Meatballs are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways to create delicious, homemade meals at home. This meatball recipe is my favorite. It’s easy, full of flavor, and can be used in a variety of ways.
I think sometimes there is a misconception that meatballs are only for spaghetti. While I do love meatballs with my spaghetti, there are so many other ways to use meatballs. There are baked pasta dishes, soups with meatballs, pizza with meatballs, meatball kabobs…
Y’all, there are so many ways to enjoy meatballs.
While I love the ease of going out to eat and having someone prepare a meal for me, there’s nothing more satisfying that creating a delicious meal at home for my family. I love having all my children around our table enjoying a meal that I’ve created especially for them.
With help from H-E-B, I can create a meal that is not only satisfying, but super simple and tasty. Thankfully, I have some go-to brands like Skinner® and Just the Sauce™ that really help to elevate these meatballs.
Are you also one of those people whose love language is pasta? I love pasta and so does my family, and I feel like it’s just one of those meals that everyone loves and looks forward to. Pasta is filled with memories and each dish conveys its own personal message.
If you’re a fan of quick and easy meals, these easy homemade meatballs are going to quickly become one of your favorite recipes. Whether you’re a fan of Italian recipes or not, you can use this meatball recipe in a wide variety of dishes for your dinner table.
You could use this recipe with any variety of Skinner pasta and Just The Sauce options. While I opted for those long strings of comfort my kiddos love and a spicy sauce, I might be drooling just a bit thinking about the Smoky Pancetta and Carbonara sauces. You can find more recipe inspiration here.
Some people prefer to fry their meatballs, but personally, I prefer to bake them. I’m not totally opposed to frying, but I just find that baking them is easier for me. I also feel like there is less to clean up afterwards. So there’s that!
Meatball Recipe Ingredients
To make these delicious homemade meatballs, you won’t need any fancy ingredients or kitchen supplies. With just a few items from the pantry and spice cabinet, along with your fresh ground meats, you’ll be able to whip these bad boys up in no time.
- Ground Chuck (80% fat)
- Ground Pork
- Shredded Parmesan cheese
- Minced garlic
- Onion powder
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Chopped parsley
How to Make Homemade Meatballs
Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a dark baking sheet with parchment paper. Set the prepared baking sheet aside for use a little later.
Combine: Gather one large bowl and two smaller bowls. In one of the small bowls, stir the breadcrumbs and milk together until the breadcrumbs have absorbed the milk. Then, in a separate small bowl, whisk the two eggs together. In the large bowl, combine the meats, eggs, soaked breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley. Using the tips of your fingers mix the ingredients together until combined. Be careful not to over mix your ingredients.
Shape: Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop the meat mixture and carefully roll into a ball with your hands and place on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake: Place the baking sheet into the heated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip each meatball using tongs. Return meatballs to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
Homemade Meatballs Tips:
Most important tip = don’t over mix your ingredients! The best advice I can give you is to use your fingertips and top of your fingers to mix the ingredients. If you don’t like touching raw meat, try using food-safe gloves.
Don’t feel like you have to have perfectly round meatballs. I like a more rustic look to my meatballs and this ensures that I don’t over work the meat.
Use a cookie scoop, spoon, or measuring cup to create meatballs that are uniform in size. This will ensure that the meatballs cook evenly and they’ll all be done at the same time.
Use a mixture of ground beef and ground pork to get moist meatballs. Since pork is a little fattier than beef, this will help make your homemade meatballs incredibly tender and moist.
You can freeze leftover meatballs. I suggest making a double batch and freezing half for an easy freezer meal later in the month. Before freezing meatballs, allow them to cool. Once the meatballs have cooled down, transfer them to a baking sheet and flash freeze in the freezer for about on hour. Remove from the freezer and transfer the meatballs to a freezer safe bag or container.
To use frozen meatballs, simply remove the meatballs from the freezer and place in the refrigerator to thaw. Once thawed you can reheat in sauce on the stove or place in a slow cooker with sauce for 2 -3 hours on low.
Because these homemade meatballs are so versatile, there are so many different ways you can serve these to your family. Because everyone in my family absolutely loves Skinner® pasta, especially long cut pasta, I decided to do something a little different from your traditional spaghetti.
There’s no denying that my family loves a traditional red sauce with their pasta. But it’s always a welcomed surprise when I switch things up a bit. This time we opted for a richer sauce that also boasted a spicy tingle that our taste buds really enjoyed.
We picked up a couple jars of H-E-B’s Just the Sauce™ in Spicy Calabrian (it’s in the pasta aisle) and it was such a tasty alternative to our traditional spaghetti dinner. The sauce is super savory and offers just the right amount of spice.
If you prefer a different kind of pasta, Skinner has you covered. I think penne, rotini or shells would also be great choices.
I can’t really think of anything easier that says “I love you” more than a homemade, comforting pasta dish like this one. I remember those homemade meals of my childhood and I love being able to pass some of them along to my children.
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Recipe for Homemade Meatballs
- 1 pound Ground Chuck (80% fat)
- 1 pound Ground Pork
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 2 Tablespoons milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a dark baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside for use later.
- In a small bowl, stir the breadcrumbs and milk together until combined.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs together.
- In a large bowl, combine the meats, eggs, soaked breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley. Use your tips of your fingers to combine the ingredients. Be careful not to over mix your ingredients.
- Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop the meat mixture and carefully roll into a ball with your hands and place on the parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each meatball using tongs or large spoon. Return meatballs to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
- Remove baking sheet from the oven and allow to cool a bit before serving.
Over-mixing will cause your meatballs to be tough when cooked. When combining the ingredients, use the tips of your fingers instead of your whole hand.
Make sure you scoop the mixture with a cookie scoop or large spoon so that all the meatballs are uniform in size. This will ensure that the meatballs cook evenly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
Values are estimates.