Gluten-Free Italian Meatballs


I have to cook gluten-free for some family members who love Italian food, but cannot tolerate the gluten. I have re-vamped my recipes so they can enjoy good food with the rest of the family. Even if you are not GF, you will still enjoy these meatballs. They are delicious!!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
18 meatballs


  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup gluten-free Italian bread crumbs

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef

  • ¼ onion, minced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced (Optional)

  • 1 sprig fresh parsley, chopped

  • cooking spray

  • 1 (28 ounce) jar tomato sauce, or as needed


  1. Beat milk and egg together in a large bowl. Mix bread crumbs in until a paste forms. Add ground beef, onion, garlic, and parsley, and mix with your hands until just combined.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  3. Measure meatballs using an ice cream scoop. Roll balls with dampened hands and place on the prepared baking sheet

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are no longer pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), about 30 minutes.

  5. While meatballs bake, heat tomato sauce in saucepan over medium heat.

  6. Add baked meatballs to the sauce and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use water in place of milk, if you prefer.

You can bake these meatballs, which I always do because it is easier for me, or if you prefer, you can fry them for a more authentic Italian meatball. I serve these with sauce and grated cheese, sometimes with GF pasta, or just GF rice with tomato sauce. Mangia!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
17g Fat
19g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 786mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 766mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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