The Baker Upstairs: Baked Meatballs

1.31.2018

Baked Meatballs

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These freezer-friendly baked meatballs are totally delicious and perfect for swedish meatballs, spaghetti, and more!

These freezer-friendly baked meatballs are totally delicious and perfect for swedish meatballs, spaghetti, and more!

Every year I tend to start my spring cleaning in January. It's kind of the perfect time, with the start of a new year and the re-awakening of my desire to make order from chaos. Plus, it's so cold outside that there's nothing else to do! My husband and I have already completed several projects this year, from cleaning out the kids' toys (and giving away a huge pile - so satisfying!) to fixing all the little odd broken things around the house, like the cabinet handle that keeps falling off and the desk drawer that was hanging crookedly. Yesterday we cleaned the fridge, top to bottom, and I was shocked my how filthy it was! Usually I'm pretty quick to clean up spills in the fridge, but it appears as though there were several that happened unnoticed. (Ugh.)

With a bright and fresh fridge and freezer, there's no better time to start stocking up on all my favorite freezer foods! Having pre-cooked food in the freezer totally saves me on those nights I don't feel like cooking (which, let's face it, is most nights). Having the protein already cooked means that I can pull dinner together in a snap! These baked meatballs are some of our favorites. They're delicious and versatile, and perfect for using in some of our favorite recipes, from swedish meatballs to spaghetti. My kids will even eat them plain as a main course, with some fresh fruit and roasted vegetables on the side. I've added a recipe below for 1 pound of ground beef (although you could easily substitute ground turkey), but feel free to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe. I like to make a huge batch, then portion them into freezer bags with enough meatballs for one meal for my family. These baked meatballs are always very popular at my house!

These freezer-friendly baked meatballs are totally delicious and perfect for swedish meatballs, spaghetti, and more!
Freezer-Friendly Baked Meatballs

1 pound ground beef
1 egg
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well, then shape into one inch balls. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Let cool completely, then place into freezer bags and freeze.
These freezer-friendly baked meatballs are totally delicious and perfect for swedish meatballs, spaghetti, and more!

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