Cheesy-Garlicky Baked Meatballs

My son is obsessed with meatballs.  I’d say there never was a meatball he didn’t like.  Which is weird because on the whole, he doesn’t usually like meat.  He’d much prefer cheese and bread.  But meatballs.  Meatballs he loves.  I get a request several times a week for spaghetti and meatballs.  Which I try to accommodate when I can, but let’s face it, I can’t serve spaghetti and meatballs daily.  Anyways, the other day he had requested spaghetti and meatballs and I decided to make him some.  I made them extra special with garlic and cheese and baked them in the oven.  I served them with a store-bought sauce, for convenience, but you could certainly make your own sauce with some tomatoes and seasonings.

Meatballs are super easy to make.  Mix all the ingredients together (with your hands, of course) and roll into balls.  You could pan fry them so the outside is browned and crispy, but I prefer to just throw them in the oven and just cook.  Less muss and fuss.

Add all your ingredients together in a medium bowl: ground beef, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic, mozzarella cheese.

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Mix together (using your hands).  Roll into golf ball sized balls (your choice on the size).  Place on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet with cooking spray.

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Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.  They will cook a little more in the sauce, so the goal is to just make sure they are cooked most of the way through.  You could try one to see if it’s done.

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Then put into the sauce.  Cook a little longer (maybe 10 minutes).

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Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  Roll into golf-ball sized balls.  Place on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.  Serve with your favorite pasta sauce.

Enjoy!

Caroline