Classic Meatballs Recipe

Recipe by: Nick Anderson @forkinpancakes

Product Featured:
Premier Hard-Anodized Nonstick 11-Piece Set

This easy meatball recipe will leave you feeling satisfied and comforted. Enjoy this go-to dinner idea during the week or on weekends when you're looking for a hearty italian recipe.


Prep Time:
15 Minutes
Bake Time:
50 Minutes


  • Olive oil 
  • 2 slices white bread 
  • ½ cup whole milk 
  • 1 lb ground beef or Italian sausage 
  • 1 egg 
  • ¼ cup red wine 
  • 1-28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes 
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped 
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 tsp dried basil 
  • 2 tsp dried parsley 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme 
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes 
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper 
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese, chunked 
  • ½ cup smoked provolone cheese 
  • Fresh basil for serving 


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and lightly grease a 12” Premier Nonstick pan with olive oil.  
  2. Place bread in small bowl with milk and let soak for a few minutes. Gently squeeze out excess milk, then crumble the dampened bread into a medium bowl. 
  3. Add the ground beef (or Italian sausage) and egg and mix well with your hands. With greased hands, roll meat mixture into about 10 2 tbsp-sized balls. Place meatballs in the oven-safe Premier pan and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, combine wine, crushed tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. 
  5. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Cover the pan with lid and bake for 25 minutes more, until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove the lid and sprinkle evenly with the cheeses. Return to oven uncovered and bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes more. 
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!

Who doesn't like homemade meatballs? Our Italian meatball recipe is an easy dinner for any occasion - its texture is smooth, light, and packed with flavor for a deliciously warm home cooked meal. Enjoy this rich, tender and mouthwatering delight with a side of pasta! You'll be making these meatballs often as they will become a staple dinner recipe in your household. If you're a fan of this scrumptious dinner idea, be sure to checkout our other tasty Italian recipes.

Nick Anderson
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