These hearty meatballs are baked in the oven without the hassle and mess of frying.

  • PREP: 0 hr(s). 20 min / Total: 0 hr(s). 38 min
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  • Servings: 8 servings, 4 meatballs (138 g) each

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Make It

  • Heat oven to 400ºF.

  • Line 2 (15x10x3/4-inch) pans with foil; spray with cooking spray.

  • Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and eggs until blended; shape into 32 (1-1/2-inch) balls, using 1/4 cup for each. Place 16 meatballs in each prepared pan. Bake 16 to 18 min. or until done (160ºF).

  • Combine half the meatballs with Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce or Creamy Brown Gravy. (See Tips.) Cool remaining meatballs; freeze for later use. (See Tips.)

Kraft Kitchen Tips


    Mix 1-1/2 cups (1/2 of 700-mL jar) pasta sauce, 1/4 cup (1/4 of 250-g tub) Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese Product and 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil in large skillet; cook on medium-low heat 3 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Add 16 hot meatballs; stir to evenly coat. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Grated Cheese before serving. Makes 4 servings, 4 meatballs (138 g) and 1/3 cup (75 mL) sauce each.


    Mix 1 cup (250 mL) beef gravy, 1/4 cup (1/4 of 250-g tub) Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese Product and 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley in large skillet; cook on medium-low heat 3 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Add 16 hot meatballs; stir to evenly coat. Makes 4 servings, 4 meatballs (138 g) and 1/3 cup (75 mL) sauce each.


    Loosely pack cooled meatballs in freezer-weight resealable plastic bags. Lay bags flat in freezer so meatballs will freeze individually. Store in freezer up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator several hours or overnight before using as desired.

Ratings & Reviews



Made these on the week-end, they turned out very well ! I used parchment paper on the baking sheets, easy and they didn't stick at all ! Will probably keep this recipe for many years to come, easy and tasty ! Freezing them to serve at Easter with a meatball sauce, will reheat in slow cooker.



These turned out great! Will definitely make them again.


just added a lot more spice


i had half a pound of fresh ground beef and didn't feel like browning it. I checked the kraft website and found this recipe and had all the ingredients. It was quick and easy, i made them small bite size pieces for my kids mouths. thanks for this great recipe



Been making these for the past year! Great for parties and when removed from freezer to cook they stay moist,they don't dry out.Everyone loves them plus add garlic ,cheese if you want to change a little. Best meatballs Recipe I've made!!!!Always have guests asking for Recipe.


great recipe! tried many other meatball recipes and none have ever turned out so good and easy as this one! the basil cheese sauce is awesome and oh so easy!


I think I will stay with my italian meatball recipe....these are not just garlic, no parmesan cheese, oregano...


the meatballs need some more flavor but over all i would try them again with a few changes but i prefer to make my own.. the sauce though was awesome i love cheese and this made it so creamy and yummy, would make the sauce any day..


I made these only once and although they turned out ok (stayed together and didn't fall apart or anything like that), they tasted rather bland. I didn't think they tasted any better than the cheap frozen ones you can buy at any store.



My family and I love this recipe! Not only are the meatballs delicious, but they're so easy to make! I highly recommend this recipe with the creamy tomato-basil sauce! Very little prep/cook time and an awesome meal!!


The meatballs are excellent & easy to make. I've made these numerous times & always try to have a few packages in the freezer to take out in a hurry. We really like the flavor & are very tasty!


it was mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm good


I make this recipe all the time. I also make it into meat loaf and hamburgers. My son loves them so much that he has asked for the recipe. Now he can make them himself. I freeze the meatballs and use them with spaghetti or on their own. Excellent in a sub bun also.


My hubby and I love these meatballs! I don't understand the comments that say they are bland. The stove top gives them the perfect flavor and the amount of water makes them super moist. They melt in your mouth! The creamy tomato sauce is delicious too!


Best meatballs i have had in a long time and can be used for whatever mix of sauce you can think of. My kids love them.


These meatballs were great! They were a huge hit with the harvest crew. Easy to make and tasted delicious. I've made them a few times and they're always great!


I did not like these at all. They were dry and tasteless. It really needed something more. I also made the creamy tomato sauce, it was alright, it needed something more as well.


This is another huge hit in our house. Needless to say everyone loves it.


I cannot eat red meat, so I made these meatballs with ground chicken - they were excellent! We had left overs so we ate them for luch the next day and they still tasted great!


Fantastic! Added parmesan cheese, "garlic blend", and parsley flakes, baked them for 30 minutes and they were perfect with my homemade arribiata sauce and pasta. Yum!


Absolutely amazing! We originaly tried this recipe for the meatballs and fell in love with the sauce as well!


The original recipe looked rather bland to me.. So I added some italian spices, salt, pepper, minced garlic and some chopped onions :) They turned out VERY WELL! I'll make this again :)


These meatballs were terrible they were bland and soggy, my husband and daughter did not like them either


I thought this recipe was very bland. Yes it was easy to make, but not much flavor, the kids did not like it at all. The picture looks better than the actual recipe tastes.


They were pretty good but I added some chopped onion and some garlic powder. I don't think they would have had much flavour without adding them. Also I had to bake them an extra 10 minutes, they just weren't done. Otherwise, very easy and yummy.


Very yummy! My family loves these. I made the Tomato-Basil Sauce as well and there wasn't any leftovers. Very easy to make double or even triple and save some for a quick dinner another night.


I've made this recipe twice with the gravy sauce. I would recommend doubling up on the suggested gravy quantity otherwise you'll find you won't have enough sauce. Other than that, my husband and two picky boys love this recipe.


This recipe has the perfect name..The Best moist and yummy


I made the meatballs and the tomato basil cream sauce with a slight variation: I sauteed 1/2 red onion, 1 clove of garlic in olive oil before adding tomato and cream cheese, it was fantastic.


I received my copy of "What's Cooking" yesterday and made this recipe today. To say it was a hit with my "significant other" would be an understatement. He took one bite and said that the recipe had to go in the "make again" file. :) It's both easy and tasty. I made it with whole wheat spaghettini because it cooks in 4 minutes and time was of the essence. Instead of fresh basil-- didn't have it, I used 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil. It didn't seem to take away from the flavour of the dish. Plates were cleaned. :)


Instead of making meatballs I made the same mixture into meatloaf. It was delicious. I topped it with about 3 tbsp. of Kraft Barbaque Sauce and baked it in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes. Made great meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Could not be easier.


SOOOOO Easy - and excellent. Will definately keep this and have it often. Can't wait to give to my grandkids-they will love it!! Jan


This was an easy and Kid friendly meal to prepare.Was so yummy and hubby wants it again tonight!



Love this recipe. Fast, easy and tasty. My kids loved it.


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Makes 8 servings, 4 meatballs (138 g) each.

Nutritional Info

Serving Size 4 meatballs (138 g) each.

Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 110mg
Sodium 320mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A2%
Vitamin C0%

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


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