Parmesan Meatballs

Tender, juicy baked meatballs are simmered in marinara and smothered with cheese in this easy-to-make, family-pleasing skillet dinner of Parmesan Meatballs, delicious over pasta or piled on sub sandwiches!

Parmesan Meatballs with text overlay.


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 Meatballs are quick and simple to whip up and positively loaded with flavor.

Close-up of Parmesan Meatballs with Parmesan and fresh basil.

Even better, this recipe is 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.

Spoon scooping up a Parmesan Meatball.

How to Make Them

I tweaked the ratios from my beloved Hawaiian Meatballs recipe to devise the mixture for these Parmesan Meatballs.

After baking up these cheese- 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 I right? 😉

Serving in a bowl with a spoon and skillet in background.

How to Enjoy Them

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!

Close-up of bowl.

Tip for Serving Over Pasta

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.

Parmesan Meatballs, two-photo collage with text.

So the next time you're short on time and stumped on what to make for dinner, I highly recommend giving these Parmesan Meatballs 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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Aerial view of Parmesan Meatballs.

Parmesan Meatballs

Tender, juicy baked meatballs are simmered in marinara and smothered with cheese in this easy-to-make, family-pleasing skillet dinner of Parmesan Meatballs, delicious over pasta or piled on sub sandwiches!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 471kcal
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  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, DIVIDED
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce, DIVIDED (or 3 cups homemade marinara)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning, DIVIDED
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, ¾ cup Parmesan, ⅓ cup marinara, egg, 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper. Use your hands to gently mix ingredients until thoroughly combined but not packed down. Scoop meat into 3-tablespoon mounds (I use a 3 T. cookie scoop) and gently roll into balls (which should measure between 1 ½ and 2 inches across).
  • Arrange meatballs on prepared baking sheet, at least an inch apart. Bake meatballs for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through to the center (cut into a meatball to check for doneness). Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any grease.
  • While meatballs are baking, pour remaining marinara in a large, deep skillet (12- to 14-inch diameter). Season with remaining 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning and pinch of sugar. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat. Once meatballs are cooked and drained, carefully place them in the skillet of warm sauce, turning each meatball so that all sides are coated. Sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup grated Parmesan. Cover skillet until cheese is melted. Serve hot as-is, over pasta, or on sandwich rolls for meatball subs.


If serving meatballs over pasta, feel free to increase the marinara sauce as desired. But due to the increased volume, keep in mind that it may be necessary to finish the recipe in a large pot or Dutch oven instead of a skillet.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 1547mg | Potassium: 974mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 373mg | Iron: 6.3mg
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  1. Samantha,
    This past week, I made these meatballs with spaghetti. I had family in town for the holidays and decided to give them a try. They were wonderful!! Everyone loved them!! Since I knew the day would be busy with house guests, I got up before everyone and made the meatballs. After cooking them in the oven, I let them cool and put them in the fridge. Then, when I was putting dinner together, I just put them in the sauce and let them simmer until heated through and then finished the recipe from there. It worked out great and dinner came together so fast since I pre-cooked the meatballs earlier in the day. Have you had luck freezing the meatballs? Anyway, thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe!

    1. Hi Maxine! I'm so happy to hear that this recipe worked out when you entertained company over the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing your make-ahead tips. 🙂 I haven't tried freezing these particular meatballs (we always end up eating them all!), but I've frozen other meatball recipes and they always freeze beautifully. I usually freeze meatballs spread out on a sheet pan, and then put them into a gallon-sized, freezer-thickness baggie and pop it back in the freezer (which prevents the meatballs from sticking together). I don't see why that wouldn't work with this recipe as well. Good luck if you decide to try it! 🙂

    1. Meatball sandwiches are always a hit at our house, Kristin...I should have known that would be my family's favorite way to enjoy this recipe! 😉

  2. oh I am %100 sure that they are the most delicious meatballs ever with parmesan. I must make it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. These meatballs are definitely tasty, Eva...hope they're a hit if you have a chance to try them! 🙂