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Recipe: baked italian meatballs

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baked italian meatballs


  • 1 pound ground beef (90% to 95% lean)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (14 1/2 oz) pasta sauce, heated
  • Hot cooked pasta or crusty Italian rolls


Heat oven to 400°F. Combine Ground Beef, bread crumbs, egg, water, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 12 two-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan. Bake in 400°F oven 17 to 19 minutes.

Serve with pasta sauce over hot cooked pasta or as sandwiches in crusty Italian rolls, if desired.

Test Kitchen TipsCooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

Nutrition information per serving: 272 calories; 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat); 115 mg cholesterol; 95 mg sodium; 14 g carbohydrate; 2.9 g fiber; 28 g protein; 5.2 mg niacin; 0.3 mg vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg vitamin B12; 3.8 mg iron; 24.9 mcg selenium; 6.1 mg zinc.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber and vitamin B6.

Ground Beef |  Italian |  Meatballs