Simple Italian Meatballs

Simple Italian Meatball Bake

It has been so cold here in Arkansas lately; I have been cooking a lot! These Italian Meatballs are perfect for the weather.  In fact, I love the cold weather.  Secretly, I’ve always wanted to move up north and hibernate for the winter.  I find that life fascinating.  Now, I probably wouldn’t last long, hehe!  But, I like to day dream about it when our temperatures start dropping in the winter.

I really enjoy soups, because I like how I can cook them, I can eat them, and finally, freeze them.  They last forever, but sometimes, I crave a hearty meal like this Italian Meatball Bake.

And the best part, thanks to Walmart’s Sam’s Choice Italia line, these Italian meatballs are super easy AND tasty!

Simple Italian Meatball Bake

Here’s what you will need: Red Pasta Sauce, can of crushed tomatoes, fresh basil and oregano, fresh meatballs, mozzarella and finally, parmesan cheese.

I served the Italian meatballs with toasted loaf of Italian bread and Sam’s Choice Italia’s 4 cheese Risotto! In conclusion, it was Perfect! Because the 4 cheese Risotto took 15 minutes to cook, it was super easy!

Simple Italian Meatball Bake

Note: To get the cheese toasted on top, after you bake it, turn the broil on for 5-8 minutes at 525 so you get it nice and toasty!

I absolutely love this recipe and your family will love it because it takes no time at all! (more like this in my cookbook, here!)

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Simple Italian Meatball Bake

Simple Italian Meatball Bake

  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Even if it isn’t Italian night… your family will love this easy bake. Because of these easy ingredients, you will have this on the table in no time!  It’s going to be a staple in your house during the winter (and really all year round!). Hope you enjoy it!



1 package of 12 pre made fresh meatballs (raw)

1 24 oz. can of pasta sauce – I like the Sam’s Choice Italia Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

1 16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

fresh basil

fresh oregano

1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in cast iron pan (will need to be able to go in oven for the bake)
  2. Put 12 meatballs in pan on med-high heat and sear the outside of each meatball all the way around.
  3. Once meatballs are seared on outside (should look caramelized and crispy), take off heat and pour pasta sauce and crushed tomatoes in pan add 8 basil leaves and 3 tbsp fresh oregano leaves (about a handful)
  4. Put in oven on med-high and cook for 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Pull out and put mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top and put back in oven for 5 minutes to melt. Once melted, turn broil on to get a good char on the cheese.
  6. Serve on top of 4 cheese risotto or angel hair pasta.
  7. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian
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I’m Abby, and I’m all about setting the table every day and making a simple dinner with easy recipes to enjoy with friends. The inspiration you’ll find here are simple and meant to encourage you to declutter your table and invite friends over! I spend my days working as a marketer for a retail company and dreaming of dinner time. I really hope that through A Table Top Affair you will find a newfound love for your kitchen and that relationships would be formed around your table.

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