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Meatball Parmesan

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Meatball parmesan is a flavorful, Italian dish that goes great over noodles or served as a sub sandwich.
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  1. INGREDIENTS FOR MEATBALL PARMESAN
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS MEATBALL PARMESAN RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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Our Meatball Parmesan bake recipe is easy and delicious. This Italian dish is loaded with sauce and cheese, then baked in the oven. Whether you put them in a sandwich, or serve over noodles, parmesan meatballs make a hearty meal that are sure to get a thumbs up.

Complete this meal by adding some greens or vegetables as a side dish. I love to serve my Simple Homemade Caesar Salad with Meatball Parmesan. These Simple Sauteéd Vegetables are another easy and delicious veggie option to go with!

close up shot of meatball parmesan with parmesan cheese and pasta sauce on a fork

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INGREDIENTS FOR MEATBALL PARMESAN

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You will need:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian ground pork
  • ½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ 24-oz jars pasta sauce
  • 1-1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Pasta: Parmesan meatballs go great with any type of pasta. Fettuccine noodles are our favorite, but you could use rotini, penne, rigatoni, or spaghetti. Whichever you prefer!

Sauce: Just as with the noodles, any type of pasta sauce will do. If you have a favorite brand, stick with that. Since you will need 1 ½ jars, you could get two types of sauce and combine them. You could also make a homemade sauce if you prefer.

Sandwich: Meatball parmesan makes a delicious meatball sub sandwich. I recommend using hoagie buns if you plan to serve your meatball parmesan as a sandwich.

HOW TO MAKE THIS MEATBALL PARMESAN RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large cast iron skillet with foil and set aside.

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, Italian breadcrumbs, whole milk, minced garlic, Italian seasonings, onion powder, dried parsley, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and lightly beaten eggs. Using your hands mix all the ingredients in the bowl until just combined, being careful not to over mix the meat.

STEP THREE: Use an ice cream scoop to form meatballs. You should be able to make 17 large meatballs from the meat mixture (or 34 smaller ones).

meatball meat being scooped with a ice cream scooper to form meatballs with ingredients in the background

STEP FOUR: Place the meatballs on the foil lined cast iron skillet and place in the oven. Cook at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (20 minutes if smaller meatballs). Remove from the oven and set the cast iron skillet on a hot pad.

STEP FIVE: Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Place meatballs on a plate and remove foil from the cast iron skillet.

STEP SIX: Pour ½ of the pasta sauce on the bottom of the skillet. Add meatballs back to the skillet on top of the pasta sauce.

STEP SEVEN: Pour remaining sauce over the top of the meatballs. Add 1-1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese to the top of the meatballs. Sprinkle on Italian seasonings.

STEP EIGHT: Cover the cast iron skillet with foil. Place back in the oven and allow to cook for 20 additional minutes at 375 degrees. Remove foil and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until browned on the top.

meatball parmesan in a pan before being baked and after being baked with a browned top

STEP NINE: Carefully remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and set on a hot pad. Sprinkle fresh chopped basil over the top of the meatballs and serve over your favorite pasta.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Your meatball parmesan recipe can last in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days. Be sure to store in an airtight container. It makes it super easy to pull out leftovers and put them over noodles or make a quick meatball sub!

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze your cooked meatballs. To do so, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer after cooking. Then, transfer them to a freezer Ziploc bag or an airtight container. They will keep this way for about 3 months. Be sure to thaw them completely before using them in a casserole or putting them over spaghetti!

meatball parmesan in a pan with pasta sauce and parmesan cheese on top

Meatball parmesan is a hearty, Italian dish that goes great over noodles or served as a sub sandwich. The homemade meatballs are full of flavor, smothered in sauce and coated with melted cheese, then baked in the oven. This is an easy meal that’s sure to satisfy a hungry stomach!

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close up shot of meatball parmesan in a pan with parmesan cheese and pasta sauce

Meatball Parmesan

5 from 1 vote
Meatball parmesan is a flavorful, Italian dish that goes great over noodles or served as a sub sandwich.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 17

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 24-oz jars pasta sauce
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large cast iron skillet with foil and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, Italian breadcrumbs, whole milk, minced garlic, Italian seasonings, onion powder, dried parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and lightly beaten eggs. Using your hands mix all ingredients in the bowl until just combined, being careful not to over mix the meat.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to form meatballs. You should be able to make 17 large meatballs from the meat mixture (or 34 smaller ones).
  • Place meatballs on the foil lined cast iron skillet and place in the oven. Cook at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (20 minutes if smaller meatballs). Remove from the oven and set the cast iron skillet on a hot pad.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Place meatballs on a plate and remove foil from cast iron skillet.
  • Pour ½ of the pasta sauce on the bottom of the skillet. Add meatballs back to the skillet on top of the pasta sauce.
  • Pour remaining sauce over the top of the meatballs. Add 1 – 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese to the top of the meatballs. Sprinkle on Italian seasonings.
  • Cover the cast iron skillet with foil. Place back in the oven and allow to cook for 20 additional minutes at 375 degrees. Remove foil and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until browned on the top.
  • Carefully remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and set on a hot pad. Sprinkle fresh chopped basil over the top of the meatballs and serve over your favorite pasta.

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Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Alison says

    Am I missing something? After step 7 it never mentions putting them back in the oven? You lowered the oven temp but never finished cooking them after adding them to the sauce and topping with cheese?

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