The best Italian-Style Meatball Recipe

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Nutritional information:

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

Calories: 255 l Fat: 8.5g | Sodium: 681mg | Carbs: 11g | Fiber: 2g | Sugars: 4.5g | Protein: 31.5g | PointsPlus: 6 | SmartPoints: 5

Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 35

Italian-Style Meatball
Italian-Style Meatball













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


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.

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