This is my favorite meatloaf recipe that I have made into meatballs because I am craving spaghetti and meatballs. Bake this recipe in a 9″ round or square pan with the delicious topping or if you have time, form into approx. 54 (1½” diameter) meatballs. If you’re not feeding a crowd, freeze some to use later for meatball subs. Substitute ground turkey or chicken and turkey or chicken sausage if desired, it is nice to have options for different flavors.
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb Italian seasoned pork sausage
1½ tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
8 oz can Italian style diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (can use plain crumbs, add basil, oregano, garlic salt, you decide)
Combine all ingredients, mix well. Shape into about 54 (1½”) meatballs. Place on broiler pan coated with cooking spray and bake at 400° for 15 minutes. I bake them in two batches. Add to your favorite sauce and serve over pasta.
Mix as directed above, mold in a 9″ pan and top with topping.
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
Mix all ingredients together and spread over meat mixture. Bake at 375° for about 1 hour until done inside, about 170° internal temperature.