I recently purchased Don’t Panic-Dinner’s In The Freezer from Amazon and I am in LOOOOVE! It has tons of great recipes and tips for making meals ahead of time. One of my new favorites is the meatball recipe! They’re delish and great to have on hand because there’s so many different ways to use them!


1 1/2 lbs. ground meat
1/4 cup dry bread cumbs
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 Tbs. parsley flakes
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

Cooking Day Instructions

Combine all ingredients and mix together gently. Shape into balls and arrange on cookie sheet. Cover meatballs and flash freeze. (place in freezer for short period of time to freeze so they hold they’re shape and don’t stick together.) Remove them from the freezer and place into ziploc freezer bags. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Place back in the freezer to use later!

Serving Day Instructions

Thaw meatballs completely and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove from pan and allow to cool.

Yields 20 meatballs.

These are great because they can be used in a variety of different meals. They can be served as an appetizer with BBQ sauce, cooked for sandwiches, served with spaghetti sauce, or covered with a cream sauce and placed over pasta/rice and lots more!!

Now the trick is just remembering to take them out of the freezer to thaw 😉

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  • Bea

    Variation: Use lean ground turkey , add a couple veggies like 1/2 finely grated carrot, 2-3 finely grated mushrooms, finely minced celery or green pepper, etc. to Jessica’s ingredients. It makes the mealballs really moist. Make mini meatballs (the size of nickles or various sizes as needed) and place them on a foil lined pan that was sprayed with PAM – and bake. Use what you need and freeze the rest of the cooked meatballs to add to minestrone or vegetable soup, baked potato toppers (makes a meal), spaghetti, casseroles, quiche, pocket bread, etc. This way yiou can make a meal for 1 or more as needed. Being single – I have to get inventive to stay frugal and eat well.

    Thanks for a great website!

  • CathyB

    I usually go ahead and pre-bake my meatballs and then freeze them. It makes it super easy to just throw the number of frozen meatballs that I want into the simmering sauce and let them heat up in the sauce.

  • sesame street

    I have been making a recipe similar to this for years, and if you don’t want to thaw them you can brown them in a bit of oil. Just bake them afterward like your recipe calls for.

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