Cheesy meatballs paired with pasta and sauce or on a meatball sub, are great family meals. With just a few ingredients, they come together quickly. They are kid friendly and can be made ahead of time. With school back in session, the cheesy meatballs are a real time saver. Many times through the years I have tried Italian meatballs with different seasonings, different cheeses, bread crumbs, no bread crumbs, and just was getting frustrated that I did not have a go-to recipe. Well, now I do! The meatballs can be made ahead of time for snacks when your kids come home from school or as a last minute dinner.
The ingredients for the easy cheesy meatballs
The ingredients are very basic. Meat, seasonings, cheese, and an egg. There are substitutes for the cheese such as, Asiago cheese. Asiago cheese would add a bolder flavor. Add the ingredients to an appropriately sized bowl all at once and mix together. A large spoon to mix it all up works just fine. However, I like to get my hands in there and make sure it’s all combined. Once the ingredients are all combined, let the mixture rest if you can. If you are in a hurry, it’s no big deal to start rolling them out right away.
Rolling up the meatballs
I roll up the meatballs so that they are around two ounces each. If you don’t have a scale, two ounces is about the size of a golf ball. As the meatballs are rolled up, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and bake them for 17-20 degrees.
Freezing the meatballs
The cheesy meatballs can be frozen for up to three months. The flash freezing process is easy. Place the cooled, cooked meatballs on a baking sheet with a fresh piece of parchment. Place the meatballs, uncovered, in your freezer for 30-40 minutes. Next, place in a freezer bag and place the back into the freezer until you are ready to use them.
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- 1 ½ pounds of ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons of oregano
- ¼ cup of shredded parmesan cheese
- ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- Combine all ingredients in an appropriately sized bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover and let rest if you have time.
- Roll meatballs into 2 oz balls. You should get about 30 meatballs.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 17-20 minutes.