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Easy Sausage Meatballs

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 22
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 24 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


This will make at least two dinners worth of meatballs, depending on how many people are in your family. I like to freeze half of the batch to use in a future meal.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 Italian flavored breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 24-ounce jar favorite marinara sauce (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray Remove the sausage from the casings if needed. Mix all ingredients well with clean hands in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. Portion into small 2-inch meatballs. Place on prepared baking pan and bake for 22-25 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  3. Serve, or bring the marinara sauce to a simmer in a medium pot. Add meatballs and keep warm until ready to serve with pasta or on/with rolls as sandwiches.


Use raw Italian sausage, not precooked.

Choose sausage that’s bulk or that comes in casings. Either works.

Use gluten-free breadcrumbs and sausage to make this recipe gluten-free.

You can serve them without the sauce if your kids prefer them that way.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge and reheat to serve. Or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge or in a pot of simmering tomato sauce on the stovetop.

Serve the meatballs in warm tomato sauce with pasta or as meatball sandwiches with bread.

Keywords: sausage meatballs

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