The 8 Best Meatball Recipes

Meatballs, those little round gems made from ground meat, eggs, and seasonings, are one of the best foods to have on hand for a quick dinner. You can make your own meatballs, or buy frozen precooked meatballs in many varieties, including Wild Rice Meatballs, chicken meatballs, Italian Meatballs, and plain. Keep ingredients for these recipes on hand for recipes everyone will love. Many will become your family's favorites!

If you change one of these recipes substantially, be sure to write down...MORE what you changed so you can reproduce it. And don't be afraid to fiddle with these recipes. Since they are cooking recipes, not baking recipes, they are very tolerant and adjustable.

  • 01 of 08
    Meatball Mac and Cheese
    Meatball Mac and Cheese. Linda Larsen

    This fabulous recipe combines tender beef meatballs with creamy and rich macaroni and cheese. You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it until you're ready to eat. Then just pull this warm, cheesy, and comforting dish out of the oven and dig in. What could be better?

  • 02 of 08
    Crockpot Swedish Meatballs. Linda Larsen

    Crockpot Swedish Meatballs is a classic and rich recipe that is super easy to make. It's gorgeous too!

  • 03 of 08

    Ravioli Meatball Casserole

    Ravioli Meatball Casserole
    Ravioli Meatball Casserole. Linda Larsen

    Just six ingredients make this rich, comforting, and delicious casserole so easy. You can use other varieties of pasta sauce or cheese to change the flavor. Use frozen precooked meatballs in this recipe, or make Easy Meatballs, cook them, then add to the casserole.

  • 04 of 08
    Meatball Stew en Casserole
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    This old family recipe has been updated (by me!) to make it easier to make. This used to be a day-long process, from peeling, boiling, and mashing the potatoes to making the meatballs from scratch. This version tastes just like the original, but with about 1/10th the work.

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  • 05 of 08
    All In the Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs. Linda Larsen

    This is one of the first recipes I developed for Busy Cooks. I love it because it's quick and easy to make, and because you don't need to boil a pot of water to cook the spaghetti to perfection. The pasta will have lots of flavor because it's cooked in the sauce.

  • 06 of 08
    Pesto Meatballs with Orzo
    Pesto Meatballs with Orzo. Linda Larsen

    I love pesto in any shape, size, or form. And when combined with meatballs and Alfredo sauce, it creates fabulous flavor. This easy dish cooks to perfection.

  • 07 of 08
    Easy Crockpot Meatball Soup
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    This kid-friendly casserole will be a hit with the whole family. Who doesn't love meatballs and fries, baked in a ketchup and mustard sauce?

  • 08 of 08

    Alpine Meatballs

    Alpine Meatballs
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    This recipe makes meatballs, filled with rice, Swiss cheese, and celery leaves from scratch. You can substitute frozen precooked meatballs to make it a six ingredient recipe: Easy Alpine Meatballs!