Easy Weekday Meatballs with Marinara

Easy Weekday Meatballs with Marinara

Oct 26, 2022Karolina Gnat

This one’s for the ‘need to make dinner quick’ people. The ‘I got home from work late and my stomach is about to have a mental breakdown’ people. The ‘give me something satiating and satisfying ASAP’ people! This is a foolproof meatball recipe that’s baked instead of fried on the stovetop, which reduces cooking time and makes clean-up easier, too. You can make your own marinara sauce, or Rao's, a tasty store-bought sauce without added sugar if you’re strapped for time. 

 Easy Weeknight Meatballs Recipe

Makes 8 large meatballs


1 lb (450 g) ground beef

2 eggs

½ cup breadcrumbs

½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese

½ cup milk

2 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tbsp for greasing a pan

1 tsp oregano and garlic powder each

Salt and pepper

Homemade or store-bought marinara sauce 

Basil leaves, for serving



Quick Tutorial 👆🏼


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. 
  2. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl, then add the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, milk, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper and oil. Using a wooden spoon, combine altogether and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, lightly oil a small rimmed sheet pan.
  4. Add ⅓ of the meat into the mixture at a time, careful not to over mix it (combing in batches makes it easier to incorporate without over mixing.)
  5. Using your hands, form into 8 meatballs. Place onto the sheet pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove - they should be browning and crispy - and using a spatula turn meatballs over. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  6. Serve with tomato sauce, or in a pasta dish.
easy weeknight meatball recipe
Easy Weeknight Meatballs Recipe

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