These Sage and Ricotta Baked Meatballs are so easy and so delicious, it’s hard to believe that each meatball is just 1 Point (a serving of 3 is just 3 Points).

The sage gives these meatballs a nice, seasonal flavor, and the ricotta helps to keep them tender and moist, which is key when using very low fat meat. I want to try this recipe with ground turkey too, but I need to make a few enhancements to keep them from being dry. But for now, the extra lean beef is a fantastic option.

You can serve these as a main course or as a Weight Watchers holiday appetizer recipe too! Perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving. Any way you choose to eat them, these Sage and Ricotta Meatballs are a delicious meal option in a season filled with turkey.


sage and ricotta baked meatballs

Sage and Ricotta Baked Meatballs Recipe

These easy and flavorful meatballs make a great holiday party appetizer. The sage gives it such an amazing seasonal flavor, and the ricotta helps keep them moist.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 125 kcal


  • 1 Oven


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef - 96% lean /4% fat
  • ½ cup fat free ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 garlic cloves - minced
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups corn flakes - crush well or Panko breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and mist with nonfat cooking spray.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients, except for the cornflakes, and using hands, work to mix ground beef with the ricotta and the seasonings.
  • Form into 24 1” meatballs.
  • In a separate shallow bowl, add cornflakes or panko, and roll each meatball, thoroughly coating. Then, lightly mist the meatballs with an olive oil mister, or non-fat cooking spray.
  • Transfer meatballs to baking sheet, and roast in oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.


Serving: 3 meatballsCalories: 125 kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 8 g (3%)Protein: 15 g (30%)Fat: 3 g (5%)Fiber: 0 g
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  1. wharris124

    Just made these today. Very good. I used ground turkey though and eggbeaters instead of an egg. I used panko bread crumbs instead of cornflakes. They were not dry at all. I had to put the mix into the freezer before making meatballs so I could handle it better. I even forgot to spray the meatballs before cooking but they were still delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Tanya Atkinson

    Had these for dinner tonight and they were a big hit! My husband gave them a big thumbs up and even made some recommendations for “next time.” Like some marinara on the side. I was a little skeptical of these at first but am so glad I tried them. This is a keeper. :)