Tender, juicy baked meatballs are simmered in marinara and smothered with cheese in this easy-to-make, family-pleasing Parmesan Meatball Skillet, delicious over pasta or piled on sub sandwiches!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled string of stereotypical summer recipes for a hearty, family-friendly dinner that’s guaranteed to become a regular request, year-round! Parmesan Meatball Skillet is quick and simple to whip up and it’s positively loaded with flavor. And better yet, it’s versatile! Enjoy your meatballs straight from the skillet, scattered over pasta, or piled onto sandwich rolls for the best meatball subs on this side (or any side) of the Mississippi. I’m telling y’all…these meatballs are goooooood.
The first week of summer vacation is officially behind us and boy was it nice! We had pretty much nothing on the agenda so it was a week of extra sleep, lots of free time to play (including Wii Dance marathons during the worst of the torrential Texas downpours...rain, rain, go away), organizing this disaster of a house, and catching up on blog work. This week we do have a few commitments, but overall, I’ve been immensely enjoying the slower-than-usual pace. However, that still doesn’t mean I want to spend hours in the kitchen, so this Parmesan Meatball Skillet seems to find itself on the menu every few weeks!
I tweaked the ratios from my beloved Hawaiian Meatballs recipe to devise the meatball mixture, and after baking up these Parmesan- and panko-loaded beauties in a hot oven, I transferred them to a waiting skillet of jazzed up marinara sauce. Then I topped ’em with mozzarella and extra Parm and allowed everything get nice and melty before garnishing with fresh basil and uncorking a bottle of chianti. Because summer vacation…am I right? 😉
The first time I made this recipe we ate the meatballs straight-up in bowls, with a little marinara underneath to balance out the cheese and a big green salad on the side. Then my eldest son requested the leftovers in sandwich form, and ever since, that has become my kids’ preferred way to enjoy this recipe. And I don’t blame them…these meatballs do make for one amazing meatball sub!
That being said, if you’re in a pasta sort of mood, feel free to increase the amount of marinara to allow for more sauce. If you take this advice, however, I’d also recommend trading out your skillet for a larger pot or Dutch oven to hold the extra sauce without overflow.
So the next time you’re short on time and stumped on what to make for dinner, I highly recommend giving this Parmesan Meatball Skillet a try! Whether it’s June or November, you won’t believe that such a simple recipe can yield so much satisfying flavor.
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