The best Italian-Style Meatball Recipe

The best Italian-Style Meatball Recipe

The best Italian-Style Meatball Recipe



  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef, 4% fat at most
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
  • 2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper


  • 1 cup seeded and chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup finely hashed sweet onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper


Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 35

1 . Set oven to 350 degrees and preheat. Choose 8″ X 8″ baking pan and spray with nonstick spray.
2 . Combine all topping ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix softly until homogenous. Then refrigerate covered.
3 . Combine in a large bowl the following ingredients: ground beef, egg whites or substitute, breadcrumbs, onion powder, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Make 12 equal sized meatballs.
4 . Place meatballs in the baking pan, and evenly garnish with marinara sauce.
5 . Use foil to cover pan before baking for 20 minutes.
6 . Remove foil, bake again about 10 minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
7 . Scatter mozzarella and Parm, bake for 5 minutes until mozzarella melts.
8 . Garnish with topping.

Nutritional information

Servings: 4 | Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe, about 3 garnished and saucy meatballs 

  • Calories: 255
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Sodium: 681mg
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 4.5g
  • Protein: 31.5g

PointsPlus: 6 | SmartPoints: 5

All posted nutrition information is approximate and has been calculated using the nutrition calculator on Skinny Points makes no guarantees of accuracy and use of different brands may change the nutrition information.

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