Just because a recipe is quick and easy doesn’t mean that it has to lack flavor and savoriness. Check out these meatball recipes that are loaded with deliciousness!
Meatballs are something that I’ve only recently come to love. I didn’t eat a lot of them as a kid. We didn’t really cook them. When my dad would make his spaghetti recipe, the sauce would have ground beef in it - no meatballs. That’s always how I envisioned spaghetti. However, one night about a year ago, I needed something quick and easy to make because I was stressed, hungry, and tired. I went to the store, bought spaghetti sauce, frozen meatballs (which I have to talk more about in a second), spaghetti, and frozen broccoli. That spaghetti and meatballs meal came out so incredibly delish that it is my go-to recipe when I need something quick, but at the same time want something homemade and savory.
That being said, I’ve read lots of recipes lately talking about homemade meatballs. It made me pause for a second and think, am I really ready to give up my yummy fully cooked frozen meatballs? Maybe. I love my frozen meatballs. They’re perfect for a college student. They’re quick and easy, and honestly just so delicious. I love love love them - but homemade is always better. You get to pick and choose the ingredients you want. You can make them as healthy as you want, and that’s something that I’m really working on.
These are the meatballs that I love so much. They’re H-E-B Fully Cooked Homestyle Meatballs, and if you don’t live in Texas/don’t have an HEB, you can’t buy them sad face. However, that’s why I’m listing homemade meatball recipes! Besides, there’s nothing more yummy than homemade meatballs!
So, let’s get cooking!
This Italian meatball recipe is what made me decide that maybe it’s time that I quit buying frozen meatballs and make my own instead. This is actually an old family recipe called Grandma Turano’s Meatball Recipe. It’s a traditional ground beef meatball recipe that calls for Italian bread crumbs, shredded Parmesan, eggs, and a few other ingredients. If you want to be healthy, you can use ground turkey instead.
I love vintage recipes that have a long history, and this recipe fits that description perfectly. There is nothing more delicious and nostalgic than foods and recipes that have been in your family for generations. Another cool thing about this particular meatball recipe is that the owner actually included the recipe for the spaghetti and meatball sauce :-). Check this one out!
I know I mentioned that you could use turkey instead of ground beef in the previous recipe (but why mess with perfection?), so I wanted to include a traditional turkey meatball recipe, too. This recipe is called Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach. Some people like to only use ground beef in certain recipes and use ground turkey in others, and by some people, I mean me.
This turkey recipe is healthy and easy to make because you don’t have to stand at the stove as you fry up the meat. You just pop these little balls of yumminess into the oven and wait until they’re done! Don’t think that just because these meatballs are made with ground turkey that they have no flavor. In fact, they’re packed with flavor. I’m excited to try this simple meatball recipe!
I’m stoked about this next meatball recipe, y’all! This one is called Thai Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs, and it is grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo. It isn’t like your traditional spaghetti and meatball recipe at all. The coconut red curry sauce has all the spice and flavor that you need! The creator of this meatball and meatball sauce recipe actually uses both ground turkey and turkey sausage to create her meatballs. Bake the meatballs in the oven, and while they’re cooking, make the sauce. Serve this awesome dish over spaghetti squash (or regular spaghetti noodles if you’d like), and you’re ready to enjoy it! I feel like this could easily become one of my favorite tasty meatball recipes. It just looks so delicious and healthy.
Via Baker by Nature
This next recipe is one I’d cook on a Saturday while watching a little college football. They have an essence that screams game day to me. This recipe, 30-Minute Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Homemade Marinara Sauce, is easy to make and doesn’t take long to cook. My favorite part of this simple meatball recipe is that you drown the meatballs in a delicious homemade sauce and then you get to take a bite and have cheese just ooze out. I can imagine sitting on my couch watching my team win (or lose since that’s how these past 2 weeks have gone) as I munch on these. Yummy!
Via Chef Savvy
This last recipe is one I didn’t expect to come across, but it sounds insanely good. These Asian Turkey Meatballs are baked in the oven and only take 30 minutes to make. They’re covered in a yummy Asian-inspired sauce and can be served as an appetizer or as an entree depending on whether you serve them with spaghetti or not. The meatballs are glazed with a homemade sauce and garnished with sesame seeds and green onions. These are perfect for a weeknight dinner!
I couldn’t write a blog about meatballs without including this iconic scene from Lady and the Tramp 🙂
Which meatball recipe are you excited to try? Comment and let me know! Share this post with your friends and choose the meatball recipe that y’all are going to cook for your next get together!
**Featured image via Community Table