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Make Ahead Meatballs

Versatile meatballs that freeze well for future meals 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatballs
Servings: 24


  • 4 pounds lean ground beef — or pork or turkey or a combo
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 cup onion – diced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups tomato sauce


  • Mix all ingredients very well with your hands in a large bowl.
  • For Meatballs: Form approx. 180 meatballs (large walnut size). (A medium cookie scoop works great for this.) Place meatballs on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned and no longer pink in the center. Cool. Flash Freeze then bag in freezer bags.
  • To serve: thaw meatballs and bake at 350 for 10-20 minutes or heat in a sauce.