light italian meatballs


Moist, tender, juicy, and bursting with flavor, these Italian meatballs are the best I’ve ever had. Made with real ground beef, (not turkey or chicken!) they taste so good it’s hard to believe these are so Weight Watchers friendly.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 270 kcal


  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef (96% lean, 4% fat)
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 jar fat free marinara sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients except the marinara sauce in a large bowl, and mix well with hands.
  2. Form meat into 30 1” meatballs.
  3. Spray a very large, non-stick skillet with an olive oil mister, and set over medium high heat. Once pan is heated well, add in meatballs, and brown on each side (about 3-4 minutes per side).
  4. Pour in jarred marinara, cover and turn heat to medium low. Let simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 6 servings

Serving size is 5 meatballs with sauce

Each serving = 5 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5.2g 26%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 898mg 37%
Potassium 317mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 13.8g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2.7g 11%
Sugars 4.6g
Protein 28g 56%
Calcium 15%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.