Homemade ground turkey baked meatballs are perfect for feeding a crowd or freezing to have on hand for busy nights .
Hello from the beach! I hope you guys are having as great a week as we are!
We’ve been headed to the beach in the morning – building sand castles, zooming trucks around, splashing in the water – and then hitting up the pool in the afternoons – practicing our swimming, jumping it from the sides and just living it up. It’s been so great to have a week off (mostly) with these crazy kids. 🙂
And not to be short, but I’m ready to get back to it, so without further ado, here is today’s post!
I’m always tempted to buy frozen meatballs at the store. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up various brands and bags and thought I might cave and buy them.
But I can’t not look at the ingredient list, and every time I do, I think, I don’t really want to buy this. I don’t know what all of that stuff is. I’m sure I could make them better and cleaner at home.
So finally, I did. It took me a while because I kept thinking they needed to be complicated and involved. Wrong!
These baked meatballs are super basic, with wholesome ingredients and they couldn’t be easier. Mix everything in a bowl, roll up your meatballs and bake them off. Done and done.
And the flavor is crazy good! They are tender and perfectly seasoned and ready to be drenched in sauce and devoured.
The store-bought version has nothing on us!
A few notes for you on this recipe:
- Grated onion is best, but I know it’s a pain in the butt. You can also finely chop the onion but do try to get it very finely chopped so you don’t have big onion pieces in your meatballs. (Guilty as charged: I’m lazy and frequently give the onion a basic small dice and call it a day. And the meatballs are still delicious but the kiddos are definitely more suspicious. Look at that, I rhymed!)
- After you get these easy meatballs in the oven, start cooking some spaghetti noodles, throw together a simple salad and you’ll have dinner on the table in no time.
- If you want to use my easy homemade spaghetti sauce with these, like I do, just get the sauce going before you fix the meatballs and everything will be ready at the same time.
- Don’t stop at spaghetti! You can also use these baked meatballs for meatball subs, meatball pizzas, appetizers, meatball lasagna, meatball and veggie noodle bowls – anything you like!
- I use ground turkey but you could substitute ground beef.
- You can adjust the seasoning, too, to suit your family’s tastes. Add another clove or two of garlic to emphasize that or some extra red pepper flakes for spicy meatballs. You can increase the cheese to 1/2 cup to make them extra cheesy if you like.
Easy homemade baked meatballs. Some for now, some stored away in the freezer for later. I feel better already. 😉
(And I definitely packed a bag of these to bring down to the beach to make an easy spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner one night. We all loved it!)
Hope you do, too. Enjoy!