Meatball Parmigiana

One of our favorite and most delicious meals to make is Meatball Parmigiana. It’s delicious and the leftovers are absolutely incredible! Our baked meatball parmigiana has tender Italian style meatballs smothered in marinara sauce and covered in cheese then baked until hot and bubbly! These cheesy meatballs with tomato sauce are baked right in the oven. No mess or frying! Good enough to serve for a holiday or to dinner guests. Plus, it’s a very kid friendly, quick and easy dinner idea for busy days!

Meatball Parmigiana is cheesy meatballs with tomato sauce baked right in the oven, no mess or frying! Good enough for a fancy dinner to serve for a holiday and is also kid friendly. You’ll Be Head Over Heels For This Baked Meatball Parmesan Casserole

Meatball Parmigiana

Making this incredible Meatball Parmigiana dish involves only a tiny bit of preparation, but I promise you, your family will flip out over it! This is one of those meals that’s really easy to make but will impress your family or guests for a special occasion (it’s holiday worthy!). No frying on the stove, no splatter, no mess! Perfect for a quick meal during the week, too! You can use your favorite jarred sauce for your baked meatball parmigiana or your very own homemade sauce.

This baked Meatball Parmesan recipe features traditional meatballs smothered in a delicious marinara sauce and topped with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. A classic and simple dish that is beautiful yet delicious. We placed the meatballs in an oven-safe baking dish, then poured a generous amount of sauce on top. You can use your favorite jarred sauce for your baked meatball parmigiana or use a favorite homemade marinara sauce.

Today we used pre-made sauce, making this perfect for a quick meal during the week! Next, we topped the meatballs with mozzarella cheese. Finally, it’s baked in the oven until the sauce is hot and bubbly, and the cheeses are melted and golden brown on top. You can serve your meatball parmigiana with a variety of different sides including a salad, pasta, or even brown rice. Or, you can just serve the meatballs with warm bread. Our favorite is that Cheese Cake Factory inspired soft brown bread. Here’s a tip: wrap some bread in foil and place it in the oven to warm up for the last 15 minutes of baking.

How To Serve Meatball Parmesan

This Meatball Parmesan can be served in a variety of ways on a variety of dishes, feel free to get creative with them!

  • With a side of/over freshly baked garlic bread or Texas Toast
  • Over pasta
  • Spooned over fluffy mashed potatoes
  • Stuffed into sandwiches, think meatball sub but better than you ever imagined it could be!
  • Over a healthy brown rice (I do this all of the time when I’m cutting carbs/sugar)

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Meatball Parmigiana

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You Will Need

  • 12 Italian style sausage meatballs (homemade, pre-made, or even frozen!)
  • 24 oz jar of marinara sauce (or homemade)
  • 8 oz bag of shredded mozzarella

Other supplies needed:

  • 8×8 baking dish
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Olive Oil (or non-stick spray)


  1. Preheat oven to 400º
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with foil and gently brush it with light coat of olive oil using a paper towel. The olive oil works better than non-stick cooking spray in preventing smoking at this high baking temperature.
  3. Cook the meatballs for 15 minutes (if using frozen meatballs, refer to the suggested cooking time on the package)
  4. Lower the oven temperature to 375º
  5. Prepare the 8×8 with a light coat of olive oil just like you did the baking sheet
  6. Pour 1/2 of the marinara sauce into the dish
  7. Add the cooked meatballs
  8. Pour the remaining marinara sauce evenly on top
  9. Cover with all the mozzarella cheese
  10. Bake the dish for 20 minutes, covered with foil
  11. Remove the foil cover and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the cheese gets bubbly!

2 thoughts on “Meatball Parmigiana

  1. I’m writing because when I saw the dish you were using I started crying. My first dishes were Corelle pattern you are using. Back in the late 70’s. They were destroyed in a fire. I’ve never liked any dishes I’ve had since.

    1. Debbie, while I can’t understand the pain you have gone through, I used this dish for a very specific reason. Nobody else knows this and I never expected anyone to notice! This was my Mom’s baking dish. She passed away on Oct. 13, 2011. When I photographed this recipe, I purposely used her baking dish. It means so much to me. BIG HUGS TO YOU! I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m so grateful that you noticed the dish and took the time to say something to me. xoxo, Kelly

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