I love  easy family-friendly meals that even my most pickiest eater with devour! These Homemade Meatballs are such a versatile recipe that can easily be modified. Having trouble increasing vegetable intake with your family? Add extra veggies to a delicious marinara sauce…your family won’t even notice!

These Homemade Meatballs are complemented well with Bertolli’s Riserva pasta sauce.  I love it when I can find a homemade tasting pasta sauce full of healthy and simple ingredients!  I used the marinara flavor.  To sneak additional vegetables to the sauce I often will dice up onions, spinach, mushrooms or steamed carrots into the sauce. It is so easy to ramp up the vegetable factor in a meal when you have pre diced veggies on hand in your kitchen (hint, hint wink). This increases the antioxidant “punch” to this meal! For added heart healthy fiber use whole wheat pasta (I like angel hair for it’s more delicate texture when using whole grain).

Homemade Meatballs 
Recipe courtesy of lollyjane.com

2 lb Ground Beef
1 cup Panko crumbs
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
2 Large Eggs
1 tsp. Pepper
2 tsp. Dried Oregano
2 tsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 Jars Bertolli’s Riserva Pasta sauce
1 lb Spaghetti Noodles



  1. Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions.
  2. In a large pot heat marinara sauce over medium high heat. Cover.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together eggs,pepper, oregano, basil and garlic powder.
  4. Stir in Panko crumbs and parmesan cheese.
  5. Gently mix in ground beef until everything is incorporated together.
  6. Take 2 tablespoons of meat mixture and roll into ball.
  7. Drop meatballs into the hot marinara and cook for 30 minutes. Stir frequently.

Serve over noodles, by themselves or on top of a hoagie roll for a yummy meatball sandwich. PictureAs a busy mom, to save myself time in the kitchen I will freeze a portion of the meatballs (once cooked), to have on hand when cooking up another batch of spaghetti. So simple! All you need to do is add frozen meatballs to spaghetti sauce in a pan and simmer on medium low until heated through….now talk about a quick and easy meal.

With the cooler and cozy season upon us, there is nothing better than this warm, hearty Homemade Meatball recipe to offer nutritional balance and health to your day. Hope you and your family enjoy!Picture

P.S. Don’t forget to snag yourself a $1.50 coupon here! This truly was one of the yummiest pre-made pasta sauces I have tasted in a long time!

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