These One-Pot Cheesy Baked Meatballs are perfect when you’re cooking for a crowd!

Cheesy Baked Meatballs
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I’m on the meatballs again!

We’ve had regular meatballs, one-pan spaghetti and meatballs, mozzarella stuffed meatballs, hidden veg meatballs , Smoky Meatballs, Chinese Curry Meatballs and even Halloween Meatballs.

I haven’t even started on Swedish meatballs, Sticky Asian meatballs, BBQ’d meatballs or curried meatballs yet!.

Okay, writing the word meatballs twelve times in the first few lines of a post is pretty ridiculous. I’ll stop now.

Close up of One-Pot Cheesy Baked Meatballs

So I made these, erm…. Delicious meaty bites  😀

…for my most recent trip to my grandad’s. Cooking for thirteen people every few weeks is always a bit of a challenge – especially when I cook most of it ahead, then travel the 90 minutes to get there, before finishing it off in my grandad’s kitchen.
It’s exactly the kind of challenge I like though!

I cooked these Cheesy Baked Meatballs up at home (in two large dishes – the little dish in the pics was the one I saved for a freezer meal), then reheated them whilst I was cooking the spaghetti.

Really simple to prepare, you just need to make and roll the meatballs (sorry, I’m out of alternative words now), then bake them for 10 minutes before adding in a few sauce ingredients and a good sprinkling of cheese. Stick them back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes and you’re done.

Overhead photo of One-Pot Cheesy Baked Meatballs

In these Cheesy Baked Meatballs there is no frying of meatballs or stirring sauces – let’s save on that washing up.

My sister made the most delicious chocolate cake for pudding, and my grandad made his amazing apple pie too. Needless to say we were all stuffed!

Next week I’ll be doing the pud and my mum is doing the main course. I’m thinking of something like a fruity paradise slice with coconut, raisins and jam. I’ll do some experimenting this week and will hopefully share it with you guys if it turns out good.
If not, it’ll be shop-bought carrot cake!

No shame in shop-bought every now and then 🙂

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5 from 8 votes

Cheesy Baked Meatballs

These One-Pot Cheesy Baked Meatballs are perfect when you’re cooking for a crowd! Easily made gluten free or as a standby freezer meal.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10 servings (4-5 meatballs each)
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian


The meatballs:

  • 800 g (28 oz) minced/ground beef
  • 8 good quality pork sausages skins removed (check for gluten free if required – I use Debbie & Andrew’s pork chipolatas)
  • 1 large onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 6 tbsp freshly grated breadcrumbs replace with gluten free bread if needed
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and minced
  • 400 g (14 oz) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree (paste for US)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 100 g (1 cup minus 1 tbsp) mozzarella grated/shredded (note, if you’re using ready-grated mozzarella, it may not be gluten free as it often contains a flour coating to stop it sticking together)
  • 100 g (1 cup minus 1 tbsp) strong cheddar grated/shredded
  • fresh parsley to serve
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  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F (fan).
  • Place the minced beef, sausage meat, chopped onion, egg, parmesan, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce and a good pinch of salt and pepper into a large bowl. Mix everything together using your hands, then form the mixture into walnut-sized meatballs – you should get 40-45 meatballs.
    800 g (28 oz) minced/ground beef, 8 good quality pork sausages, 1 large onion, 1 egg, 6 tbsp grated parmesan, 6 tbsp freshly grated breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper
  • Place the meatballs into two or three large baking dishes – try to make sure they’re not touching. Brush the olive oil over the meatballs and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
    2 tbsp olive oil
  • Take the meatballs out of the oven and push them over to one side of the baking dishes. Divide the garlic, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, thyme, oregano and brown sugar between the dishes (doesn’t have to be exactly equal) and give the mixture a stir. Now move the meatballs back over, so they’re evenly distributed in the sauce.
    4 garlic cloves, 400 g (14 oz) tin chopped tomatoes, 4 tbsp tomato puree, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp light brown sugar
  • Top with the mozzarella and cheddar and place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is golden brown (it’s a good idea to put your pasta on at this time too).
    100 g (1 cup minus 1 tbsp) mozzarella, 100 g (1 cup minus 1 tbsp) strong cheddar
  • Take out of the oven and serve, sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley.
    fresh parsley


You can easily halve or even quarter this recipe if you don’t want to make such a large portion.
If you want to make this recipe ahead and freeze it, cook the meatballs up to the end of step 3, then remove from the oven and leave to cool. Pour over the sauce ingredients and cheese, then cover and freeze. Defrost thoroughly, then cook for 20-25 minutes, uncovered at 190c/375f.
Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 477mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. H says:

    5 stars
    These were great, even got a thumbs up from the other half who doesn’t like meatballs.

    My only criticism is they weren’t saucy enough so I doubled the sauce recipe.

  2. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Made these tonight there was so delicious added a bit of chilli powder,defo added to favourites 🤤

  3. Julie Brazier says:

    5 stars
    The whole family loves this recipe, though we all feel it needs double the sauce, so that’s how I always make it now. And making 40 meatballs and everything else in 20 minutes must require some sort of super power!
    As a super-quick cheat, I recommend IKEA meatballs (or their plant balls for a vegetarian take), which bake in the oven for 20 mins and can then be added to the sauce and proceed from there. Sad to say, my kids prefer them to my meatballs!

  4. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Yet again another nice recipe,
    I don’t normally like meatballs but I had some mince beef& pork in my freezer,So I gave them a try,so glad I did 😋so juicy

  5. Sue says:

    5 stars
    This was just fabulous!! The meatballs are juicy and tasty and perfect! Exactly how I’ve always imagined meatballs to taste but they’ve rarely lived up to my expectations! These do and with spades! For the sauce I used my homegrown tomatoes which I roasted and froze in the summer. It all came together beautifully! Thankyou Nicky and Chris!

  6. Rachel says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, easy peasy and very tasty. I make regularly now. Thank you.

  7. Francesca Squire says:

    5 stars
    Made these last night. They were delicious! I didn’t read the part about freezing so my left overs are cooked to the end and then frozen. I hope they are just as good when defrosted and reheated.

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Glad you liked them 😀 I’m sure they’ll be just fine xx

  8. karyld2016 says:

    Oh my goodness this looks absolutely amazing! I’m adding this to my list to try

  9. Severien says:

    This sounds great, mus try to do it this way! And I love the pictures!

  10. James says:

    This is fantastic. Always looking for something tasty and exciting to do with mince. I might call it a Cheesy Beef Bite Bake lol