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These Simple Baked Cheesy Italian Chicken Meatballs are best for cold fall and winter nights when you want easy comfort food at home. All mixed in one bowl, these meatballs come together easily and are so flavorful. This dish is warm, saucy, cheesy, and so amazing. Add some crusty bread or pasta on the side for a delicious hearty meal. Perfect as a simple family dinner. Yet equally great as an appetizer for upcoming holiday entertaining.

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The thing about this past year and a half that I actually love is the fact that’s it’s made time with our families even more special and more valuable. We’ve been able to spend more time with family than ever before. And personally, I’ve loved having my brothers and cousins around to cook for on a more daily basis.

My oldest brother, who has been living with us since covid began, has inspired quite a few recipes. And to no one’s surprise I’m sure, he very much influenced this meatball recipe.

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Creighton loves any form of meatballs, but meatballs covered in sauce and cheese? Oh yeah, I could probably get him to do just about anything for me. When he found out these were for dinner, his excitement was like a kid on Christmas morning.

Meatballs are something I’ve actually come to love to make. I use a trick my grandma taught me to keep them juicy and flavorful…but still super simple.

You guys are going to love how easy these are, and of course how delicious too!!

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The process is simple, here are the steps

Start with the bread. My grandma used to wet the bread, then ring out the excess water and tear the bread into super fine pieces. This is the key to a juicy, non-dry meatball.

Add the bread to a bowl along with a mixture of spicy Italian chicken sausage and ground chicken. I love to use spicy chicken sausage for added flavor and heat, but use what you like best.

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If you’re having a hard time finding ground chicken sausage, you can of course use regular pork sausage. Or make your own ground chicken sausage, which I often do. It’s simple, just take ground chicken and mix it with plenty of dry spices and herbs. I included my recipe below in the notes so you guys can make it too!

Next, add shallots, garlic, eggs, and parmesan to the ground chicken and spicy sausage. Mix that all together, and you’re ready to roll your meatballs.

Now bake! I love baking meatballs. It’s so much easier and cleaner, not to mention healthier, than frying them up in a skillet.

Once the meatballs are crisp and cooked, I pour over some jarred marinara sauce. Then top with a mixture of mozzarella and provolone cheese and a handful of fresh oregano.

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Finish it up

Bake the meatballs until the cheese is super melty and browning on top and the sauce is bubbling.

At this point, your kitchen is going to smell pretty amazing, which always leaves everyone excited for dinner.

It’s such a great dish for an easy family dinner. Or use these meatballs as appetizers for your next dinner party with friends.

I’m already planning to make these again for Halloween night. These meatballs and sauce will be so delicious over a plate of spaghetti with a big side salad. Especially after trick-or-treating in the cold! Crusty bread on the side is also a must for soaking up all that sauce.

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Looking for other easy fam dinner recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

30 Minute Coq au Vin Chicken Meatballs

Spicy Pumpkin and Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells

Slow Cooker Mustard Herb Chicken and Creamy Orzo

Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

Lastly, if you make these Simple Baked Cheesy Italian Chicken Meatballs, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Simple Baked Cheesy Italian Chicken Meatballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 475 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground spicy Italian chicken sausage (see note)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 slices soft whole grain bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 small shallots, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped pepperoncinis
  • 1 jar (32 ounce) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded provolone
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with olive oil.
    2. Take the bread and run it under water until dampened but not soaked. Gently squeeze the excess water out of the bread and then crumble the dampened bread into pieces.
    3. In a bowl, combine the sausage, chicken, bread crumble, eggs, parmesan, shallots, garlic, pepperoncinis, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Coat your hands with olive oil, then roll the meat into 2 tablespoon size balls, and place them into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are crisp on the outside, but not yet cooked through on the inside.
    4. Remove from the oven and pour the marinara over top the meatballs. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes longer, or until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove the foil and add the cheeses and oregano. Bake until the cheese is melted and golden, about 10 minutes. Serve topped with fresh oregano and your favorite pasta!

Notes

Ground Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage: I buy ground chicken sausage at Whole Foods. If you can’t find it, you can make your own by adding the following spice mix to 1 pound ground chicken:
1 tablespoon each of fennel seed, dried thyme, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper; 2 teaspoons each of cayenne (or less, if you don’t want it too spicy), paprika, and garlic powder; and 1 teaspoon each of smoked paprika and crushed red pepper flakes. 
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  1. 5 stars
    These are sooooooo good! I ended up subbing ground chicken for ground turkey, but these came out great! So juicy! I’d made them for a Sunday dinner at my friend’s home, and my friend’s son who is the pickiest eater loves them so much he was like “ohhhh my god!”. Thank you for sharing all of your amazing recipes!!

    1. Hey Sasha,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  2. I’m excited to try this recipe tonight! Can you sub breadcrumbs for the slices of bread? If so how much? Thanks!

    1. Hi Krista,
      Sure, that should work well for you, I would use 1/2 cup. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

    1. Hi Jill,
      I really appreciate you giving the recipe a try, so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week! xxT

  3. These are delicious!! I cut back a little on the cayenne, red pepper flakes, and pepperoncinis since I was making dinner for my toddler and we LOVE these meatballs. I ate them alone with garlic bread and he had pastina. He barely even touched his bread because he enjoyed the meatballs so much. Definitely recommend this simple yet so so good recipe😍

    1. Hi Brianna,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it. Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Made these meatballs this evening for dinner and they are absolutely AMAZING! The pepperonis are such a great addition to the meatball, subtle but impactful flavor. This
    Will be my forever go-to meatball recipe! Due to issues sourcing ground chicken Italian sausage, and ground
    Chicken period, I used 1lb of Wholefoods spicy Italian sausage (pork) and 1 lb of ground beef. Thank you for such amazing recipes so that I may be a good cook. 😉❤️

    1. Hi Theresa,
      Sure, you could do ground beef or ground pork or even ground turkey! I hope you love the recipe, let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  5. Hi Tieghan – I made this dish a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING! So good, that I’m making it for my whole family for Xmas eve dinner tonight. Going to add a side of veg to go with it too 😉 Thank you SO much for all your wonderful recipes! I’ve made SO many of them – you’re always my go-to to find something delish to make! Merry Christmas! 🎄

    1. Hi Tamara,
      Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!🎄🎁 xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    outstanding! Was planning to make this for Christmas Eve dinner but we will be skiing all day so I made it today instead (23rd) and it was AMAZING. My store didn’t have the chicken sausage so I made it per the “notes” section and it all tasted so good. I can’t wait to have it again tomorrow!

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Happy Holidays! Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!🎄🎁 xTieghan

    1. Hi Katie,
      Really any pasta will work here, whatever your favorite it. I don’t typically add more sauce, I just use the sauce from the meatballs:) Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

      1. Looks Yummy
        When we baked meatballs it’s surrounded with fat. How do I make in the oven . Help. Thank You in advance
        Eileen

        1. Hi Eileen,
          So sorry, I am not sure what you mean? You can follow this recipe as is. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

        2. Eileen, I worried about too much grease, too, the first time I made them. I baked them in one pan and then after baking the first 15 minutes, I moved them to another pan, then poured the sauce over. BUT, I realized it was just making more work and dishes for myself. There wasn’t that much grease in the baking pan, so now, I just make the recipe as written and don’t worry about the grease.

  7. Made this the other night and the whole family loved it! Saved some of the raw meatballs in the freezer for future use. Do I need to thaw them before baking them? Thank you for such a lovely recipe!

    1. Hi Belinda,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Yes, I would thaw before baking. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

      1. Hi Tieghan Happy New Year!

        I make a lot of one pot dishes for several full time working moms, but need to do make-aheads so they can just pop in the oven.

        Would this recipe work?
        Also could you possibly include that option in your future recipes if applicable?

        Thanks so much!

        PS: My daughter and I are cooking through your new cookbook together…awesome recipes!

        1. Hi Linda,
          Yes, you could definitely make this ahead of time and then share the baking instructions. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

        2. Linda, I’ve been wanting to do this! I’m a low income single mom who loves to cook. Can you pls share specific details… how you advertise and what you say, do you include pics, etc? And how you charge… I am very intrigued!! I hope to hear back from you!!

  8. 5 stars
    Made this for a mini Christmas party, doubling the recipe was easy.
    I am celiac so we subbed with gluten free bread and it was still absolutely amazing. No one detected a thing.
    And everyone wanted seconds.

    1. Hey Alexia,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  9. This recipe was a huge hit with my family including my picky eater! I couldn’t find chicken sausage. I loved you included the note to make it. The spices were perfect. This is going into my dinner rotation. Thanks!

    1. Hey Gretchen,
      Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  10. Hi!

    In step #4, you mention: Remove the foil and add the cheeses and oregano. Bake until the cheese is melted and golden, about 10 minutes. Serve topped with fresh oregano and your favorite pasta! I’m just a bit confused – does the 1/4 cup of fresh oregano go in with the cheese, then you top it with additional fresh oregano? Or is there another oregano that goes in with the cheeses?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Joan,
      You can save a little of the 1/4 cup of oregano and just top with a little sprinkle:) Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    I’ve made these twice already! My kids love them. I really enjoy all your recipes . Very inspiring. Im a chef myself and love your view on food . Thanks!

    1. Hey Raquel,
      Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    Delicious, only switched up the meat to what was available to me using 1 lb ground turkey with 1 lb hot turkey breakfast sausage and they turned out amazing! I did the first 15 min browning on a large cookie sheet covered in parchment, then transferred to a baking dish for the remaining steps. I felt this allowed you to leave any greasy fat layer behind. Great flavor and very easy! Thanks!

    1. Hi Jody,
      Wonderful! Love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it! Have the best week:) xTieghan

      1. Hi Tieghan I froze the raw meatballs to make it later. Do I need to defrost it by putting it in the oven to bake? I made this once already the whole family loved it!

        1. Hi Belinda,
          You can certainly bake from frozen, you will just need to increase your bake time. I hope you love the recipe!! xTieghan

  13. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was a hit! Even my 2 year old enjoyed it and was asking for more. I used mild Italian chicken sausage instead of the spicy and it turned out great!

  14. 5 stars
    I made these after searching for something I thought my picky 3-year old would eat. My husband and I loved it and agreed it will go into regular meal rotation. The 3YO still wouldn’t touch his food! 🙁

  15. 5 stars
    From a weird person who isn’t a pasta lover, this recipe is life-changing! It’s so simple and foolproof. I made a few adjustments for convenience and to use ingredients I had, but it followed the same idea. Instead of baking in the oven for my son and I, I stuck the meatballs on some parchment paper and baked them in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then put them on a smaller baking dish and cooked them at 375 degrees for a little less than 10 minutes, until the cheese was perfectly melted/browned. I was going to freeze the leftover meatballs but we had unexpected company and so I baked the second batch for them. The dish was a hit! Can’t wait to eat my leftovers today.

  16. 5 stars
    Loved these! I used some slices of leftover no-knead bread and they were a perfect consistency. I’ve usually soaked the bread in milk, but tried the wetting with water method which seemed to work well.

  17. the recipe ingredients lists both 1 lb of ground chicken and 1 lb of ground chicken sausage, so 2 lbs of meat to make these meatballs?
    Most of your recipes to make meatballs list only 1 lb of ground meat, I just want to be sure I have this correct? I enjoy your recipes, especially the slow cooker ones 🙂
    Hope you can find the space and allow yourself to not stress during the holidays!
    You are an inspiration to my cooking…
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jackie! Yes, that’s correct 🙂 Sorry for the confusion! Thanks so much, so glad you’re enjoying these recipes! xTieghan

  18. 5 stars
    This was really good!!! About how many meatballs does this make though? I had to use 2 9×13 pans for all of them 😂

    1. 5 stars
      This recipe was simple to follow and delicious! I’m not a meatball person but was intrigued by the recipe and very happy with the result. Next time I’ll add crushed red pepper to my meatball mixture as the WF spicy chicken sausage wasn’t as spicy as I expected. Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing!

  19. Is the parmesan supposed to go IN the meatballs or on top of the meatballs? After the ingredient list, it’s not specifically mentioned in the directions. The only time cheese is mentioned in the directions is when you put it on top at the end – I’m assuming that means the Parmesan too?

      1. I made the same mistake, just today. I don’t know why you wouldn’t update the recipe after a reader pointed out a mistake. Everyone will continue to make this recipe incorrectly if you don’t take the time to make the correction.

  20. 5 stars
    These were easy and delicious! I used ground turkey. Added quite a bit of fennel, the parm does go in the meatball, and about 2 tsp of an imported spicy italian seasoning I use. I did not go that heavy on the cheese. I will adopt this for any future meatball needs!!

  21. Hello, maybe a silly question but is this recipe for 1lb ground chicken and 1lb ground chicken sausage, and if we cant find the ground sausage buy 2lbs ground chicken and add the seasoning to one of the pounds. Haha sorry~ Can you please let me know I want to make this ASAP!

    1. Hey there! Yes, that is correct! If you don’t have sausage buy 2 lbs of ground chicken and mix in the seasoning with 1 lb of ground chicken in order to imitate the flavor of sausage 🙂 xTieghan

  22. In the middle of making these….and they were SUPER sticky….then I noticed the recipe itself never said to add the parmesan to the meatballs. If you read the story about making them, it says to add parm. So….we’ll see how these turn out, but there’s no parm in my meatballs. 🙁

  23. How is best to serve these? Over pasta or on their own? I try to be conscience of overall calorie count so I’m thinking a veggie side might be nice.

  24. This is amazing!!! My Whole Foods did not have the chicken sausage-thank you for the added note on how to make my own!

  25. I can’t find chicken sausage by me, so was happy to see your homemade version. But, are the measurments correct? It seems like a lot of seasoning for 1 lb of chicken!

  26. I am so excited to make this tonight. I just prepped the meatballs for tonight to cook (…because newborn life :)) and the meat mixture seemed super super wet? Any idea why/what caused this? I followed the instructions…Trader Joes had linked spicy italian chicken sausage so I used that and just took the meat out of the casing. I don’s think this could’ve caused that? I hope they still turn out okay!

    1. 5 stars
      The same thing happened to mine. (I also used chicken sausage links.) I sprinkled in a small amount of panic breadcrumbs, and it came out great. I hope yours did too!

    2. Hey Christine! I hope you loved this recipe! I’m not sure why they seem wet, maybe try refrigerating them? xTieghan

  27. Used marinara made from garden tomatoes and basil. Used spicy pork sausage, and ricotta instead of mozzarella- because that’s what I had. So, so, so tasty.

    1. Hey Debbie, sounds delish! This is awesome, I’m so happy to hear this recipe turned out the way you’d hoped! 🙂 xTieghan

  28. 5 stars
    Made these tonight and WOW!!! The flavor was amazing. I had to use your recipe for chicken sausage and it was perfect. Wouldn’t change a thing. We paired it with pasta and your recipe for garlic pull apart bread. Also 10/10

  29. Is the Parmesan supposed to go in the meatball mix? The way the ingredients are listed it seems so, but it’s not part of the mixture recipe.

    1. I made these tonight and realized the same as you (which is why I came to see the post!). I noticed in the blog post she adds the Parmesan to the meatballs. I added to the top as part of the cheese mix when I realized I hadn’t added to meatballs. Can’t say I missed it in the meatballs, they were still delish!

  30. 4 stars
    Might want to clarify how much salt and pepper to add, as you have at the beginning of thst sentence “one tablespoon.” I knew better than to add that much, but some may not. 🙂

  31. 5 stars
    AMAZING! Love these so much. I wasn’t able to find chicken sausage so we used the spices and ground chicken – so delicious. I paired these with some palmini noodles and it hit the stop. Also ate some leftovers just meatballs. Definitely make this one!!!

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    these were super easy and loved having the leftovers.

    I put 9 meatballs in a 9 X 9 pyrex dish and froze the others. I used a high quality local marinara sauce.

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Have a wonderful week! xTieghan

  33. 5 stars
    Hey Tieghan,

    These were amazing meatballs loved everything about them. They smelled great baking, perfect flavor and delectable. I shared some with my friend for her birthday and she said they were great as well!! That comes as no surprise as I love every recipe of yours I end up making. Thanks again for sharing you’re the best!

  34. 5 stars
    This is hands down my new favorite meatball recipe! I made it low carb/keto by using low carb bread and Rao’s marinara and it was amazing. All three of my kids loved it which is saying a lot!

    1. She added it to the meat mixture in the step-by-step at the beginning, just not in the official recipe. I missed it as well, but the parm is pretty good on top too!

  35. Your missing the addition of the Parmesan cheese in the instructions. I didn’t add it to my meatballs I’ll put it on the top and hope for the best.

    1. Hi Tina! I am so sorry about that! The parmesan gets added into the meatballs in step 3, I will be sure to change that 🙂 xTieghan

  36. Hi, my son has an egg allergy. Any egg substitutes I can use for the meatballs? If yes, how much of the substitute? Thanks! Love the recipes.

    1. Hi there! I would suggest 2 tablespoons buttermilk per egg, 1/4 cup ricotta cheese per egg, or 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Enjoy! 🙂 xTieghan

  37. Does the Parmesan cheese go inside the meatballs or on top when you combine the mozzarella and provolone cheese?

  38. 5 stars
    SO good! On our pasta rotation for this fall/winter!

    I halfed the recipe, if I made it whole next time could I freeze them at any point in the process?

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! As far as freezing it goes, you could definitely freeze it and eat later! xTieghan

  39. Made this for dinner tonight. I couldn’t find chicken sausage so I followed the spice recipe using 1 teaspoon of cayenne. The dish was delicious. The whole family loved it. Will be making again; Thank you!

    1. Tried this recipe. Pretty good hit with my family. These pack some heat, though.

      Did make some changes. Used store bought white bread instead of wheat (misread the note for that one) and toned down the cayenne pepper by half the listed amount.

      These turned out flavorful and tender, though spicier than most of what my family prefers.

  40. Made this tonight with pork/beef meatballs and my husband loved it!! Kind of like Chicken Parmesan with meatballs 😊. What could be better? 🙌 Thank you for another great meal!!

  41. I just made this dish tonight and the chicken meatballs were delicious! I usually make meatballs with turkey so this was a nice change. I used the spices suggested for the chicken but I only used 1t of the cayenne (not 2 T) and 1/2 t salt. It was perfect! The fennel adds a unique flavor. I used 3 pieces of sourdough bread too. I actually froze half of the meatballs before cooking the other half. I made more sauce as I served it over noodles. The directions don’t say to add the parmesan to the meatballs but it does say it in the earlier description. I could easily have made this with just 1 pound of chicken but by freezing 1/2, I have meatballs ready for another dish sometime!

    1. I agree, I could not figure out if you were supposed to add parmesan or not because it was not in below instructions and now I am sad I did not!

  42. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and loved it! I used two pounds of ground turkey with the spices that
    you suggested for making your own sausage.

    How could I make it gluten free? What can I substitute for the bread?

  43. This was so so yummy and super easy!! I served it over pasta and added roasted broccoli on the side 🙂 Will definitely make again!

  44. 5 stars
    Made this for our Sunday Family dinner last night! So easy and Sooo good! Thanks for sharing the recipe, definitely going to make it again!

  45. 5 stars
    Wow!! These were so delicious. I did a mild version because…kids. But they were winners. My only question is how do you fit them all in the dish? I ended up having to use 2 dishes.

  46. 5 stars
    I used ground beef and Italian seasoning because that’s what I had on hand but it was a simple, classic and easy dinner.

  47. Did anyone do this with only the 1lb of ground chicken sausage that they made or did everyone use two pounds of two diff kinds of stuff

    1. I used 1 lb. of pork and 1 lb. of chicken. To fit in one baking dish, the meatballs were very large. If I make them again, I will make smaller meatballs.

    1. Hi there! I would complete all of the steps for making/forming the meatballs and then freeze them! 🙂 xTieghan

      1. These meatballs were delicious!
        I used breadcrumbs instead of the bread because that’s what I had. I followed the spice recipe and that was delicious! It was the perfect kick.

        I wasn’t sure if the Parmesan was suppose to be added to the meatballs because it wasn’t in the instructions but that’s what I did.

        Will make again!

        1. HI Brianna! So glad you enjoyed these meatballs! Yes, the parmesan was supposed to be added to the meatballs! I’m so sorry for the confusion! xTieghan

  48. I think this is my husbands new favorite! Made for company last night & there was nothing left! Easy and just the best!

  49. 5 stars
    Made this today! Used ground turkey. Couldn’t locate ground chicken in my area. Used your spice recommendation less 1 tsp cayenne. Turned out very good! These will make excellent meatball sandwiches for future meals!
    Another great recipe. Thanks.

    1. Looks so yummy! Is the grated parmesan cheese supposed to go in the meatballs? I don’t see where it is used in the instructions.

  50. 5 stars
    Hi!!! Bought the ingredients to make this! But I noticed in your video on Instagram you used peperochinis… it’s not listed in these ingredients? Let me know if I’m missing it! Can’t wait to make tonight 🙂

  51. Hi!!! Bought the ingredients to make this! But I noticed in your video you used peperochinis… it’s not listed in these ingredients? Let me know if I’m missing it! Can’t wait to make tonight :))))

  52. 5 stars
    Made these tonight. They got a 12 out 10 in this house! I grated the garlic and shallots on a traditional grater, worked just fine. I was able to source chicken sausage. The only modification I made was to use store bought gf breadcrumbs which worked just fine. I used slices of provolone over each meatball and then the grated mozzarella and turned the broiler on the last 10 minutes to get a nice golden almost crisp top. These are fantastic and perfect for a cool fall Friday. Great way to start the weekend. Simply brilliant!!

  53. 5 stars
    I used ground turkey but did not add the sausage in the meatballs. I squeezed balls of it into the sauce so we got bites of meatballs and bites of sausage separately. I found adding it to the meatballs was overpowering. I served it with crusty garlic bread and salad. Fantastic for watching the baseball game! Yum! Thank you, Teighan

  54. 5 stars
    OH WOW!! I made this recipe tonight and … it….is…delish!!! Loved it!! My husband loved it as much as I did. I did add fresh sliced mushrooms just because I had them. Oh yes, I will be making this recipe again!

    Did I mention you are one of my favorite food bloggers!

  55. 5 stars
    This was so delicious!! Just amazing. Couldn’t find chicken sausage at my local Whole Foods, so used Tieghan’s spice recommendations added to ground chicken. I halved the amounts & it was seasoned enough for me (using 1 lb ground chicken).
    This is a real winner! Thanks!

  56. 5 stars
    I made it for dinner tonight and it was the perfect meal on a cloudy cool evening. So freakin flavorful, adding the grated shallots is 100% worth it. I whizzed the garlic and shallots in my little food processor so it was insanely easy and the flavor was truly amazing.
    #halfbakedharvestsoulsistas

  57. I’m curious why you often grate (versus finely chop) garlic and shallots. Do you use a microplane or do you have another special method or tool?

    Thank you for the recipe. Meatballs are in the oven now. Can’t wait to try them!

      1. 5 stars
        Followed this except couldn’t find chicken sausage so added a little fennel sage and thyme. Sooooooo amazing! Everyone in my house devoured these.

  58. Tieghan,
    I was thinking of making these ahead and freezing? Can I bake them first? or is is better to freeze and bake right before tossing the sauce together?
    Thanks,
    Linda

  59. This is my perfect sort of recipe, easy and attainable but still delicious! Can I ask how you crumble the damp bread?

      1. Attempting this recipe, didn’t read the directions fully, oops. I am using Italian PORK sausage with ground chicken. We will see how this goes!