How do you cook Italian meatballs in the oven?


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Cook Italian meatballs in the oven by making meatballs with ingredients and seasonings as desired and baking the meatballs at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 15 minutes or until cooked through. A highly rated recipe for classic Italian turkey meatballs by Giada De Laurentiis is available at FoodNetwork.com.

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Preheat the oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of plain breadcrumbs with 1/2 cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup each of chopped fresh basil and parsley, 1/4 cup of room-temperature whole milk and 1 tablespoon each of ketchup and tomato paste. Add 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, 2 large room-temperature eggs, 2 minced cloves of garlic and 1 small finely chopped onion. Stir the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Add 1 pound each of ground dark turkey meat and spicy Italian sausage without the casing, and gently combine the ingredients using the hands.

Use a small cookie or ice cream scoop to form the mixture into 20 to 24 1 1/2-inch meatballs and place them on a heavy non-stick baking sheet. Allow some space between each meatball and drizzle with olive oil. Set in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until the balls are cooked through.

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