Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

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Easy Meatball Recipe

20 balls


10 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time


1 pound 80% lean ground beef ((could sub with half ground pork))

1 large egg (, beaten)

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 teaspoons minced garlic

3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley (, optional)



Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.Â

In a large bowl, combine the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley, if using.


Use a medium cookie scoop or spoon to scoop the meat mixture. Form into 1 1/2-inch balls and place on the baking sheet.Â

Bake uncovered 17 to 20 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle. Turn halfway through, so the bottoms don't brown.Â

Optional Way to Serve

Simmer meatballs with marinara sauce, if desired, for 10 minutes.

Serve meatballs on their own or serve over spaghetti noodles. Top with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs, if desired.


Serving Size

5 meatballs


184 kcal

Total Fat

7 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



93 mg


537 mg

Total Carbohydrate

5 g

Dietary Fiber


Total Sugars



23 g

20 balls


10 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time
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