Meatballs show up on our dinner table almost weekly. The kids think I make them so often because they love them so much. The truth is that I make them so often because they’re so easy.
This meatball recipe takes about 30 minutes to make, and that includes the cooking time. Since these are baked instead of fried on the stovetop you can pop them in the oven and be free to multitask while they cook. And, get this – they are amazing from the freezer! Just pull out what you need and pop them into a pot of simmering tomato sauce until they thaw. It doesn’t get any easier than that. It only takes a few extra minutes to double this recipe so you can keep your freezer stocked with homemade meatballs for quick and easy meals.
Our meals are gluten free, so these are gluten free meatballs. I think they taste waaayyyy better than the meatballs I used to make with breadcrumbs. That’s because I switched those old dull breadcrumbs for tasty, perky Parmesan cheese. Such a good decision. Even if you’re not worried about gluten in the slightest you’ll love these gluten free meatballs.
For you guys who are always asking for ways to add protein to your picky eater’s diet, these meatballs are a great way to do that. Even the most resistant child has a hard time turning away from spaghetti and meatballs. Adults too, now that I think about it.
30 Minute Gluten Free Meatballs
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large egg
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped (optional)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix together using your hands until well combined.
3. Roll into 1″ balls. You should have a total of 24 or 25 meatballs. Place meatballs onto a baking sheet with raised sides.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until center is no longer pink.
5. Serve warm.
To freeze: After cooking, let meatballs cool then place into a zip top freezer bag. When you’re ready to eat them remove the number you need and place into sauce pan with pasta sauce. Let simmer until meatballs are heated through.
An Our Family Eats original recipe.