Ground pork, fresh sage, fennel, nutmeg and Parmesan cheese make these Pork, Ricotta and Sage Meatballs taste like good Italian sausage.

A cast iron skillet with meatballs in tomato sauce

Along with the addition of ricotta, they are so moist and make for a comforting dish when served with tomato sauce.

This is an oldie but goodie recipe that have updated pictures. Since I have a few meatballs recipes on this website like easy chicken meatballs, even mini Indian meatballs, I didn’t want them putting these meatballs to shame.

Gluten Free Meatballs

I love pork and sage together and the other day I was watching Cooking Channel and saw someone (I don’t remember who) add ricotta to their meatballs, so I tried it. The result made for a softer creamier texture and acted as a great binder so there was no need for breadcrumbs. The result? Gluten free meatballs.

A meatball on a fork

Meat choices

If you’re not a fan of pork, you can use ground turkey which is also just as delicious.

All meatballs need to be bathed in a delicious sauce, it’s the Italian way. I have the perfect, easy marinara sauce(< click on the link) that you can whip up while the meatballs bake.

Speaking of baking the meatballs, I like to bake them in my cast iron skillet. The cast iron ensures even baking and they develop a nice, brown crust. Don’t forget plenty of grated Parmesan cheese (see pic below).

Grating Parmesan cheese onto meatballs in sauce

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Yield: 16 meatballs

Pork Ricotta and Sage Meatballs

A pan of pork meatballs in a marinara sauce

Ground pork is mixed with ricotta, Parmesan cheese, sage, fennel and fresh nutmeg.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) ricotta
  • 1 pound (453 grams) ground pork
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup (90 grams) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil


  1. Add the ricotta to a clean towel and squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C. 
  3. Brush the bottom of a large cast iron skillet with olive oil. 
  4. To a mixing bowl add the ricotta, pork, egg, Parmesan, sage, fennel, nutmeg, salt and pepper. 
  5. Use a fork and mix well until all the ingredients are well combined. Don't over mix. 
  6. Use an ice cream scoop form into 1-ounce balls (1/4 cup) and place them evenly spaced in the skillet. Brush with olive oil and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. 
  7. Serve with your favorite sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

4 meatballs

Amount Per Serving Calories 133Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 46mgSodium 212mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 10g