Quick And Easy-to-Make Italian Meatballs to Try

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 Let this four-ingredient Italian meal be your next family night go-to recipe! In just 30 minutes, you can have delicious Italian meatballs on the table and ready. 

A Dinner Rut Solution:

Is there anything worse than realizing it’s 6 o’clock, your stomach is growling, and you have absolutely no clue what’s for dinner? This recipe is perfect for those nights when you want a flavorful, healthy meal on the table in minutes. By using high-quality store-bought ingredients, you can allow someone else to do the heavy lifting for you! With only four ingredients and in 30 minutes, you can have a delicious, satisfying dinner. 

What Do I Need For This Italian Meatballs Recipe

The secret to this recipe is using good-quality store-bought ingredients. This gives you that fabulous homemade taste in just a fraction of the time. To make these Italian meatballs, you will need:

  1. EVOO
  2. Fully cooked meatballs – I love using Nature’s Rancher Fully Cooked Angus Beef Meatballs. They are hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and so delicious! 
  3. Marinara sauce – You cannot beat Rao’s Homemade Marinara! 
  4. Parmesan Reggiano

Italian meatballs

Is Marinara Sauce the Same As Tomato Sauce? 

Marinara and tomato sauce are both Italian tomato-based sauces, but marinara sauce is a lighter, more simple sauce. It contains lots of garlic and fresh herbs. On the other hand, pasta sauce is more robust, usually containing meat or vegetables. Additionally, many tomato sauces start with a roux and simmer for hours. Marinara is thinner than tomato sauce and often accompanies pasta and pizza. 

How Do I Make This Four Ingredient Italian Meatballs Recipe? 

Making these delicious Italian meatballs is as easy as throwing all the ingredients in a pot and letting them simmer! To prepare this dish, start by adding two tablespoons of EVOO to a dutch oven or skillet. Secondly, sauté your meatballs in EVOO until they are golden. Next, add your marinara and shredded parmesan on top, stirring to combine. Finally, reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes. 

What Goes Well With Marinara Meatballs? 

The best part about these meatballs is that you can serve them however you like! They are delicious on their own or paired with oven-roasted vegetables for a low-carb meal. If you are a pasta fan, they are FAB served over noodles or zoodles (zucchini noodles). Additionally, they made the perfect base for an Italian meatball sub. 

Can I Meal-Prep This Italian Meatballs Recipe?

If you want to be extra savvy with your weeknight meals, you can prepare these meatballs ahead of time. Because they are simple to make and so versatile, Italian meatballs make a fabulous meal prepped recipe! If you decide to make them ahead of time, simply refrigerate them in an airtight container and reheat them in a skillet when you are ready to serve.

Let me know how you enjoy this fabulous dish in the comments below. As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Be blessed and stay savvy!!!

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Quick, Easy Italian Meatballs


  • 2 tablespoons of EVOO
  • 1 bag of fully-cooked meatballs
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce - I love Rao's Homemade Marinara
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Reggiano


    1️. Heat EVOO in a Dutch oven or skillet.

    2. Sauté the meatballs in EVOO until they are golden.

    3. Add the marinara and shredded parmesan.

    4. Give it a stir and reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes then serve.

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 17mgSodium 393mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 5g

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