I've mentioned before about my Italian grandmother and I'm sure she would roll over in her grave if she knew I was baking my meatballs, instead of pan frying them....sorry Noni, I promise these are just as delicious and SO much better for you!
Making these brings back memories of watching my Noni make meatballs for our Sunday supper. Each time I make these I remember her little tips and techniques that helped to create the perfect morsel. Gently she would softly cup her hands when she rolled them (making a tender meatball instead of a tough one), then carefully she would place them into the pan.
Yep, baked or fried, she would have loved these!
Cheesy Baked Meatballs
1 lb mild Italian turkey sausage
1/4 -1/2 c whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 c shredded Parmesan cheese
1 c tomato sauce (either canned or homemade)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking dish by pouring the tomato sauce in the base. Combine all other ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine with your hands (do not overmix). Gently form ping-pong sized balls and place them into the sauce in the baking dish.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned (cheese will be oozy!). Enjoy!