Cheesy Meatballs

Meatless Monday? Naaaaaw. Meatball Monday. That’s how we roll. Here’s my tried and true meatball recipe, hope you love it! 

Cheesy Meatballs

Serves 6 (at 2-3 meatballs each) 

Shopping List

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian turkey sausage, sweet or hot, casing removed. I love using Shady Brook Farm for this. 
  • 1/2 an onion chopped finely
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp dried basil or 1 tbsp fresh
  • 1 tsp dried parsley or 1 tbsp fresh
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 egg


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 


Sauté the onion and garlic in about a tsp of olive oil over low heat. Allow to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent. Watch this so that the garlic doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and allow to cool.


Combine the bread crumbs, ricotta, parmesan, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, egg, beef, and turkey sausage in a large bowl. Add the onion and garlic and mix with your hands until just combined, making sure not to overmix.


Line a baking sheet with either aluminum foil (spray with nonstick) or parchment paper. Make meatballs a little smaller than the size of a tennis ball. 

Place the meatballs in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. 

Serve with your favorite sauce, or like what I did, sauce and a dollop of pesto.