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oven baked meatballs simmering in tomato sauce in a black skillet

Pork and Beef Meatballs With Tomato Sauce

Julia | The Yummy Bowl
Easy oven baked meatballs made with both ground pork and beef and then left to simmer in homemade italian tomato sauce. Guaranteed these meatballs to become your family's favorite.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Simmer 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 95 kcal



  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup parmesan grated
  • ¼ heaping cup of gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 cups Beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 15 oz can high quality tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce gluten free
  • 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar


  • In a large bowl mix garlic powder, onion powder, egg, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper until combined.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Add pork and beef, mix to combine (for better results, try mixing with your hands).
  • Prepare a small bowl with warm water to dip your hands in. Roll the mixture between your hands into medium-sized balls, dipping your hand in water after each meatball. You should end up with 24 or if rolled into smaller balls, about 28 meatballs.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil, and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the marinara sauce by combining all the ingredients in a large pan over low-medium heat. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • When meatballs are done, add them to the marinara sauce and let simmer over low0medium heat for 1 hour. Serve over pasta or rice and your favorite side salads.



  • Nutrition - 95 kcal per meatball 
  • Onion and garlic powder - for more texture sub with half medium white/brown onion (small dice), and 1 medium-large garlic clove (crushed).
  • Substitute beef and pork with ground chicken or turkey (bake for 5-10 minutes less and then let simmer in the pan along with the sauce as instructed). Or you can simply make the meatballs only with ground pork.
  • Use your hands for shaping – in my opinion, the easiest way and gives far the best results when it comes to perfectly formed round meatballs. 



Calories: 95kcal
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