Healthier Oven-Baked Meatballs

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As part of our new healthier for you recipe series, I am excited to share our healthier oven-baked meatballs. These are great on pasta, zucchini noodles, or even just on a plate topped with our slow cooker pasta sauce and a side of veggies. 

We took our favorite meatball recipe and our friend Rachel transformed it into a healthier version. Rachel is a NASM certified personal trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and boot camp instructor in Boca Raton, FL. She is the proud owner of FAITH, WEIGHTS, PROTEIN SHAKES LLC, an online training and nutrition company. 

By changing the type of meat used, choosing reduced-fat Parmesan cheese, and making a breadcrumb substitution, you can cut 100 calories, 4 carbs, and more than 10g of fat per serving. They taste so good, you won’t even miss the extra fat and calories.

bowl of oven-baked meatballs

bowl of oven-baked meatballs

healthier oven-baked meatballs in a bowl next to spaghetti

There are a couple of kitchen tools that you’ll need to make these healthier oven-baked meatballs.

First, a cookie scoop. Even though technically, it’s used to make cookies (which I do pretty regularly), it helps to make the meatballs the same size. 

Next, you’ll need a wire or cooling rack. While there isn’t a ton of oil or grease in these meats, baking them on a wire rack will allow any additional oil to drip on top of the aluminum foil instead of the meatballs sitting in it.  Make sure that your wire rack fits on your baking sheet and that it’s oven safe (no plastic).

plate of spaghetti with sauce and meatballs

plate of spaghetti with sauce and meatballs

a meatball covered in sauce on a fork

I use dry, ground seasoning for my oven-baked meatballs, but if you want to use fresh spices, it can only take the flavor up a notch! I love to sprinkle fresh basil on top as well. If you don’t have fresh available, I recently found a lightly dried option which is great too!

The secret to these meatballs is the breadcrumb replacement that you’re making. Using oat flour and a variety of spices is the perfect substitute. You won’t be able to tell the difference. 

For the best results, you’ll want to place them inside a skillet (or if you’re using my slow cooker pasta sauce, inside the slow cooker), right after removing them from the oven. This will give them an opportunity to soak in the sauce. 

Since this recipe yields about 40-45 meatballs, you’ll have plenty of leftover!

steps to make healthier oven-baked meatballs

The steps in the photos above, show exactly how I make my healthier oven-baked meatballs.

Step 1: Place all ingredients into a large bowl.

Step 2: Mix all ingredients in step one together until fully combined.

Step 3: With a small scoop, scoop up the mixture and roll it into balls.

Step 4: Place meatballs on a foil-lined baking sheet with a wire rack on top.

Now that you know a little bit about these healthier oven-baked meatballs, I’m excited to share our recipe.

Healthier Oven-Baked Meatballs

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bowl of oven-baked meatballs

Healthier Oven-Baked Meatballs


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 40-45 meatballs 1x

Description

These healthier oven-baked meatballs are so good, you won’t miss the extra calories or fat. Only 258 calories per 5 meatball serving.


Ingredients

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  • 1lb turkey Italian sausage
  • 1lb lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ cup reduced-fat parmesan cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp each parsley and salt
  • 1 ¼ tsp each basil and oregano
  • ½ tsp each ground black pepper and garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Line a large cookie sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top.
  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until fully combined.
  • Using a small scoop, form into round meatballs and place on top of the wire rack.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Internal temp should be 160F.
  • For best results, transfer to slow cooker pasta sauce, toss and allow to soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 5 meatballs
  • Calories: 258
  • Fat: 13.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 24.4g

If you’re looking for a healthier pasta option, Rachel recommends Barilla ProteinPLUS Multigrain Spaghetti. I’ve had it a few times now and my family really loves it. It doesn’t taste any different than regular pasta, it’s just 100% Plant-based protein and non-GMO, so it’s a better, healthier option.

If you make these healthier oven-baked meatballs, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you post it on social media, we’d love for you to tag @thesupermomlife! Don’t forget to check out all of our family-friendly recipes.

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These healthier oven-baked meatballs are so good, you won't miss the extra calories or fat. Only 258 calories per 5 meatball serving.
These healthier oven-baked meatballs are so good, you won't miss the extra calories or fat. Only 258 calories per 5 meatball serving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Been thinking of making this too and I guess this is the time I need to try it out. Thank you so much for the recipe! I hope it will turn out to be the same too.

  2. I will try out your recipe and cross-fingers, I hope it would also turn out like this too! Bet weekend will be food trip with family.

  3. Looks so delicious! I’ve never made meatballs, will surely try out your recipe 🙂

  4. Love there’s meatballs and there really is nothing better than a plate of spaghetti with homemade meatballs 🙂 It is my husbands favorite and I too now bake my meatballs rather than pan fry them as I did years ago. I am going to try your meatball recipe. Thank you for sharing and pinning next!

  5. Didn’t realize I can have a healthier version of meatballs, this is great for my diet now!

  6. I am all about trying some healthier options I am trying to be better with what I eat. I definitely need to try these meatballs.

  7. Homemade meatballs are one of my fav low-carb meals. I use turkey meat all the time. No one can tell and I ain’t telling.

  8. These meatballs were fantastic! I loved the combination of sausage and turkey. They were flavorful, moist, and delicious.

  9. The looks so perfectly cooked. I can’t wait to try this crunchy juicy looking meatballs.

  10. I must try these for sure. We love having meatballs with our pasta and they look and sound incredible.

  11. I love oven baked meatballs! I always bake my meatballs then add to a pot of sauce. They always turn out amazing!

  12. I love making my own meatballs too. Your meatballs look delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  13. These oven-baked meatballs look quite delicious. I am willing to try anything for a healthier dish.

  14. Your meatball recipe is different than mine and I would love to try t. Love that you use sausage and turkey to make it healthier and am pinning this one to make for myself. I also bake my meatballs 🙂

  15. I love meatballs but I have not yet made oven-baked meatballs and would love to give this recipe a try.

  16. This Oven baked meatballs looks delicious healthier too. Love to have it for my dinner.

  17. I would love to make a big batch of these and freeze them so we have them on hand. Your recipe sounds delicious.

  18. I love the idea of the meatballs being baked, I need to try this recipe soon, they look delicious

  19. This looks like a delicious meatball recipe. I would love to try it with our weekly spaghetti.

  20. Oven baked meatballs are the solution I was looking for. I can’t give up to meatballs, but I am looking something healthier!

  21. These look delicious! I love meatballs! I have never been that good at making them though, so I will have to give this a try!

  22. I bake my meat balls in the oven, but have never thought to put them on an iron rack. This makes total sense, thanks for sharing this!

  23. I love a good meatball and I have yet to try to make them this way. They really look so good!

  24. I usually pan fry my meatballs before I bake them so would love to try your version to see how it tastes like as it is healthier

  25. It looks perfectly cooked. The color is so even and looks crispy on the outside. I’ll follow your tips in this recipe.

  26. The dish looks amazing and I loved your cookie scoop idea however I am a vegetarian, do you have any suggestions about the substitutes I can use for meat?

  27. This is making my tummy growl! I am gonna be making this today to satisfy my craving!

  28. Looks pretty delicious for those who love meat. I am sure baking is a healthier way of cooking.

  29. It’s funny and coincidental that I got to this article today, because my son was asking me if I could make some meatballs. I never have, so looks like I’ll bookmark this and see how he likes it.

  30. I’m used to fry meatballs, but baking it seems better cuz they look so evenly cooked.

  31. This recipe is right up my alley. I love meatballs, specially when they are a healthy recipe like this one. I love snacking on meatballs.

  32. These look really good. I love having meatballs, especially with spaghetti. These look amazing too. I’ll have to try them.

  33. Yum! I always need to have turkey meatball recipes because my husband is a huge fan. I will have to try this one!

  34. I’ve never tried making meatballs in the oven. Looking forward to making this for my family.

  35. This recipe is absolutely delicious and guilt free. My kids can’t even tell the difference.

  36. Meatballs and pasta is my favorite dish and you introduced a better way to make meatballs. I have never thought of using a cooling rack. I will try this the next time.

  37. Those are fully awesome! I love meatballs, but I stopped eating them because they’re not so great for me. I love this healthier version.

  38. Meatballs are everyone’s favorite especially with spaghetti. Your baked method is a perfect way to make this great meal.

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