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Oven Baked Meatballs on a Sunday.

This recipe for oven baked meatballs is fancy enought to serve for Sunday dinner, and easy enough to make during the week. Eat them by themselves or serve it over pasta! It is SO good!

This past weekend for Sunday Dinner, I made these Oven Baked Meatballs…..

This recipe for oven baked meatballs is fancy enough to serve for Sunday dinner, and easy enough to make during the week. Eat them by themselves or serve it over pasta! It is SO good!



But wait, before I talk about that, let me start at the beginning…..

In this age of digital everything, it’s hard to actually spend time together as a family sans any social media noise. Everyone has their phones, or devices. Even the kids! No one talks anymore!

When I was younger, we ate Sunday dinner together. Every single Sunday. There was no: you eat here, while we eat there. There were no phones at the table. There was no nintendo at the table. Even the TV was off most of the time. We were expected to TALK to each other over a delicious meal. We focused on each other. We talked about school, politics, life, and just US.

I want my little family of 3 to be like that.

I admit to falling on the crutch of letting my son watch TV while eating so that I can get stuff done, and of eating at a different time or in different rooms. But this year, one of my main goals as a family is for us to spend more time together and to create the tradition of having one meal a week together.

Sunday dinner is back.  Just like my parents before me and my parents parents before them, I am going to start insisting that we all sit down, with no phone, no tv, no iPad, no Nintendo…NOTHING but the three musketeers and conversation.

Time is moving too quickly and I don’t want to look up and see my child going off to college and realize that we never sat around the dinner table and had a great conversation over great food!

My first Sunday dinner this week I made Homemade Oven Baked Meatballs and threw it over some gluten free pasta. It was SO GOOD. Not only was this delicious, but it was so easy to make.  I used Ragu’s Chunky Sauteed Onion and Garlic Sauce for my marinara and OMG…..

Easy to make oven baked meatballs. Great for a Sunday dinner or a week night meal


It was sooooo good.

You can really substitute any of the Ragu sauces for the one that I used, but I wanted that extra garlic and onion kick.

These oven baked meatballs are so easy to make. Especially when you use Ragu!


Everyone loved it!



5 from 6 votes

Oven Baked Meatballs

Author LaShawn Wiltz


  • 1 lb Ground turkey
  • 1 tsp Basil dried
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups Ragu
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup Gluten Free Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, egg, gluten free panko, worcestershire, garlic, basil, salt and pepper.
  3. Roll the mixture into little balls. If you don't want to be too messy, use an ice cream scoop to make them neat.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat and spray it with cooking spray.
  5. Place the meatballs in the skillet and brown them for 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Place entire skillet in the oven and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  7. Heat Ragu sauce.
  8. Pour the sauce into the skillet over the meatballs.
  9. Top the meatballs with the shredded mozzarella and serve alone or over pasta!

This recipe for oven baked meatballs is fancy enought to serve for Sunday dinner, and easy enough to make during the week. Eat them by themselves or serve it over pasta! It is SO good!



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  • Reply
    February 10, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I haven’t made homemade meatballs in years. You’ve inspired me to try your recipe and make them again soon. They look amazing!

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    February 10, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Booo to ragu…classico is the best lol. Sunday dinners are a thing of the past and it was something I cherished and we did it every Sunday even if our phones were at the table. I will make sure we now eat dinner Every Sunday no questions asked.

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    Valerie@Occasionally Crafty
    February 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I love me some meatballs! Homemade are the best! I would love to give these a try for our Sunday dinners. It’s the one day everyone is always home and I’m not rushed to put dinner on the table.

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    February 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

    We started Sunday dinners last year and I’m happy we did. I felt like we needed that uninterrupted time together. It’s a great way to end the weekend and start the work/school week.
    I will be trying this recipe!

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    Tori Gabriel
    February 10, 2016 at 11:16 am

    These sound delicious. I like meatballs and they have the added bonus that even my fussy toddler will eat them. I need to emulate you and plan one family meal together. You are right, it’s so important.

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    February 10, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Yum! These meatballs look great! I’ve got to admit, I do enjoy premade marinara since I grew up on the stuff and let’s face it, it makes mealtime happen a lot faster! I haven’t made meatballs in a couple of months but yours look so good that I’m sure to pick up the ingredients when I hit the supermarket today. Thanks for the dinner inspiration, Lashawn.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    February 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    My daughters love homemade meatballs. This recipe looks and sounds so yummy! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    Liz Mays
    February 10, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Now this sounds like a great dinner. The guys would love it if I made some meatballs and pasta like this and that flavor of sauce sounds great.

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    February 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    There is nothing I like better than having a wonderful Sunday supper at home. My boys and I absolutely love pasta and meatballs so we will definitely have to try this recipe out.

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    Heather lawrence
    February 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Pinned this! This is the first baked meatball recipe I have seen with ground turkey and I picked some up on the weekend. I had no idea what I was going to do with them until now!

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      February 10, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Yay!! hope you enjoy

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    February 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    It does look and sound amazing! Great idea on banning all technology for a family dinner

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    Angelic Sinova
    February 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Isn’t Ragu the best? It’s definitely my go-to pasta sauce. Those oven baked meatballs look super yummy!

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    Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green
    February 10, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    This looks really good, I don’t think I’ve ever made meatballs. 🙁 We are guilty of not eating meals together; and now I really feel bad. My son is 11 and I can’t recall the last time we all ate together. Its even worse with having two kids.

    I usually make them eat at the same time. I wait until after they eat so I can actually enjoy my food without having to get up a million times.

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    Up Run for Life
    February 10, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    These meatballs look so good. I might have to make some for my boys. They won enjoy the surpide.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    February 11, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I do believe it is important for a family to at least eat one meal a week together with out interruptions. These oven baked meatballs with Ragu sounds so delicious. We love the Ragu sauces. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Jaime Nicole
    February 11, 2016 at 5:38 am

    These look so very tasty! Spaghetti and meatballs are our go to meal when no one really feels like cooking but we don’t want to order out – we will definitely try out your recipe!

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    Terri Beavers
    February 11, 2016 at 8:10 am

    I make meatballs every week because we all love them so much. I’ll have to try your recipe next time as I’ve always made them in the crock pot.

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    February 11, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Looks super delish! I am loving the presentation of these meatballs!

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    February 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Oh yum this looks so good. I love meatballs, but don’t eat them nearly enough. I need to make them more, these especially look SO delicious!

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    Lydia @ Lydi Out
    February 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    These look AHHHMAZING! I’ve never tried homemade meatballs but will be after reading this! That’s my favorite Ragu formula too!

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    Cara (@StylishGeek)
    February 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I love serving pasta and meatballs…everytime I do there are no leftovers! My family eats all of them! Will definitely try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    Chasing Joy (Arlett) (@Chasing_Joy)
    February 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    That is a great tradition for you to carry on. I’m sur it will give you lots of meaningful memories over great glutenfree meals 🙂

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    February 23, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Yes. Yes. Yum! Ovenbaked meatballs are the way to go. Looks like I need to check out Ragu again.. Haven’t tried them in years.

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    February 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I have been looking for a good turkey meatball recipe since just about forever so thank you! These look amazing.

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