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Giant Italian Meatball

Easy recipe for one giant Italian meatball topped with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Made with just a few ingredients and baked in a small baking dish, this giant meatball is perfect on its own, surrounded by your favorite pasta, or sliced and enjoyed in a meatball sub.

One Italian meatball on a plate topped with tomato sauce and melted parmesan cheese with a baking dish in the background

If you're looking for a tested, trusted, and foolproof Italian meatball recipe, you've come to the right place. This wonderful meatball is classic comfort food and is so easy to make too.

This easy recipe yields one large meatball. It's the perfect amount if you're cooking for one.

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Ingredients for making a meatball on a wooden cutting board- chopped onions, chopped parsley, grated parmesan cheese, and ground beef on a scale

Ingredients In One Giant Meatball

Scroll down to the recipe box for ingredient amounts and complete recipe instructions.

For this meatball recipe, you will need:

  • ground beef
  • chopped onions
  • bread crumbs (store-bought or homemade)
  • egg yolk
  • garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parmesan cheese
  • chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • tomato sauce, for topping

What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

How To Make A Meatball

Complete instructions are in the recipe box below.

  • Mix the ingredients together and form the meatball into a large round ball.
A meatball in a small baking dish on a wooden trivet
  • Cover the meatball with tomato sauce and bake in the oven.
A meatball topped with tomato sauce in a small baking dish on a wooden trivet

How To Make A Low Carb Meatball

You can make this a low carb, keto meatball by either leaving out the bread crumbs and adding an additional 2 tablespoons of shredded Parmesan or by using almond meal instead of breadcrumbs.

Almond meal is coarser than almond flour and is a good substitute. In a pinch, almond flour will work too.

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Can You Freeze Meatballs?

Yes! Meatballs freeze incredibly well, so go ahead and double or triple this recipe to make two or three meatballs.

  • Just combine the ingredients, form the meatball and freeze it either cooked or uncooked.
    • If frozen uncooked, thaw the meatball in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
    • If cooked, the meatball can be thawed and then heated either in a pot of simmering sauce for 10 minutes or in the microwave.

Meatballs can be stored for up to 1 month in a freezer container or in a freezer bag.

Can The Meatball Be Made Ahead?

Yes, the meatball can be shaped and refrigerated for up to 1 day before cooking.

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A fork and knife cutting into a meatball topped with tomato sauce and melted parmesan cheese

Best Meatball Sauce

We have a small batch tomato sauce recipe that we love here at One Dish Kitchen and it would be perfect with this Italian meatball.

If you don't want to make homemade sauce, no problem. Jarred tomato or Marinara sauce is perfectly fine and absolutely delicious too.

What To Serve With A Meatball

Although this meatball makes a hearty meal on its own, buttered noodles would make an excellent side dish.

You might also like to consider any of these easy single serving side dish recipes:

A forkful of meatball topped with tomato sauce and melted parmesan cheese

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single meatball with tomato sauce and cheese on top

Italian Meatball Recipe For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: ground beef, meatball
Servings: 1 meatball
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese , plus 1 tablespoon for topping
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce


  • Heat oven to 400° F (200° C).
  • Whisk the egg yolk in a medium-sized bowl until lightly mixed. Add the Parmesan cheese, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper, and whisk to combine.
  • Add the ground beef to the egg mixture. Use your hands or a large spoon to thoroughly mix the egg mixture into the ground beef.
  • Add the onions and breadcrumbs. Mix them into the meat using your fingers or the spoon.
  • Pour the oil into a small baking dish, swirl to coat the bottom of the dish. Form the ground beef mixture into a large ball and place in the center of the baking dish. Top the meatball with tomato sauce.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven and cook for 20 minutes. (The meatball is done when cooked through, and when it reaches an internal temperature of 165° F on an instant-read thermometer.)
  • Remove from the oven and top with 1 Tablespoon of Parmesan cheese. Cover baking dish with a sheet of aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Enjoy hot.


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 259mg | Sodium: 1459mg | Potassium: 798mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1113IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 6mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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1 thought on “Giant Italian Meatball”

  1. Christine Wahl

    5 stars
    Absolutely delish. Will make again and again using top grade ground meat.

    Gonna make three tomorrow to freeze

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