Easiest Meatball Recipe | Enjoy your meal

We’ve stripped down a classic homemade meatball recipe to its most essential elements to create a fairly quick and easy main course for an after-work dinner. We like to use ground beef here, but you can swap out ground pork or ground turkey (dark meat, please) if that’s what you have on hand. Roasting meatballs in the oven instead of frying them on a stovetop reduces active cooking time and simplifies cleanup. Just be sure to stick with larger meatballs as the size allows the meat to brown without overcooking.

Homemade marinara sauce is welcome, of course, and shouldn’t take long (this one comes together in about 30 minutes), but there’s no shame in having a good store-bought spaghetti sauce (and it certainly reduces the preparation time). Look for jars with no added sugar, but with olive oil, like Rao’s, which many BA staff keep in the pantry. Either way, finishing the dish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese is a smart move.

Serve these juicy cooked meatballs with a nice loaf of bread and a big green salad or grab a hoagie roll and make Italian meatball subs. Fancy a big pasta dinner on a quiet Sunday? Consider making a whole spread, with spaghetti, garlic confit toast, and a crisp deli-inspired iceberg salad.