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Deliciously Easy Meatballs

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: italian


Spaghetti and meatballs are a deliciously easy meal! One secret ingredient creates a light meatball perfect for red sauce over noodles!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 4 eggs, cracked and beaten
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  2. Mix by hand (gently!) until all ingredients are well combined and distributed.
  3. Portion out meatballs onto a half sheet pan. (Either by a cookie scoop for small meatballs, or a 1/4 cup measuring cup for larger meatballs.) Leave about half an inch between each meatball.
  4. Bake meatballs at 400˚ for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Save for sauce, or let cool and add to freezer bags for later use!

Keywords: easy meatballs for spaghetti