Looking for a hearty casserole that’s sure to please the whole family? Then you’re going to love this Meatball Parmesan recipe!
Call it a meatball casserole or meatball bake, the end result is the same – a saucy dish of tender and moist meatballs, nestled in marinara sauce and topped with grated melted parmesan cheese!
Serve your Meatball Parmesan over freshly made al dente spaghetti for a quick and delicious dinner. Or, add them to hoagie buns for a moreish meatball sub that the kids will rave about.
This Meatball Parmesan can be made in less than 30 minutes! It stores beautifully as a freezer meal in casserole form for those busy days ahead. Use store-bought marinara sauce or make your own homemade sauce by following this Marinara Sauce Recipe.
- Turn this dish into a casserole by cooking the meatballs and parmesan in a standard 9×13-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle on some crumbled breadcrumbs for a delicious casserole topping.
- Make this dish extra saucy and cheesy by simply increasing the ingredients. Likewise, reduce the sauce and cheese if you like.
- You can make use of jarred marinara sauce or make your own from scratch.
- If you don’t have parmesan cheese, make use of gruyere cheese instead.
- Instead of ground turkey, use ground beef, ground pork, or other ground meat.
This Meatball Parmesan recipe is essentially a meatball parmesan casserole or meatball parmesan bake. It’s super delicious and incredibly easy. It involves one-skillet cooking and baking, ideal for a busy mid-week dinner with minimal mess and cleanup required.
Once completely cool, store any leftover Meatball Parmesan in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat, start by defrosting it in the refrigerator overnight. Then, heat it back up in the oven till hot throughout by placing the leftovers in a casserole dish with additional grated cheese over the top and an aluminum foil covering. Reheat till the sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Then, allow the casserole to broil for a few minutes before serving.
Since this is quite a hearty dish by itself, you could serve it alongside a fresh green salad as a low-carb option.
Other options include serving Meatball Parmesan over a helping of spaghetti pasta or noodles, over some garlic bread or French bread, or in a hoagie bun as a delicious meatball sub!
Yes, you can! It actually makes a great freezer meal. Prepare your meatballs and sauce and place them in a freezer-safe casserole dish with grated cheese over the top. Then wrap the dish in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze.
When you’re ready to serve this dish to the family, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then heat it in the oven, covering the casserole with foil and baking for 30-40 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling up and the cheese has melted.
With a few minutes to go before removing your Meatball Parmesan from the oven, set your oven to the broil setting, uncover the casserole dish and allow the cheese to brown.
- Instead of making this Meatball Parmesan in a cast iron skillet pan, you could also make it in a casserole dish which may be particularly helpful if you anticipate needing to store leftovers or are intending on making it as a freezer meal. You’ll need to double the meatball recipe and cheese if you use a standard 9×13-inch casserole dish.
- Add more or less of the sauce and cheese according to your preferences.
- You can make use of jarred marinara sauce or you can make your own hearty marinara sauce by following my Best Marinara Sauce recipe here. I do recommend adding in some extra herbs if you opt to use jarred sauce instead.
- You can easily substitute provolone or gruyere cheeses for the parmesan and it’ll still taste just as good.
- Add a small amount of table salt and pepper to the top of the cheese for a good boost of seasoning. I think it brings out the flavors of the dish more but is optional.
- Using an ice cream scoop will help to form even-sized meatballs with the meat mixture.
- 3 cups marinara sauce ½ recipe Marinara Sauce
- 12 large meatballs 1 recipe Turkey Meatballs
- 1 ½ cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper for garnish
- Fresh Italian parsley basil, and/or oregano for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Prepare meatballs and marinara sauce.
- Heat marinara in a medium oven-proof skillet.
- Nestle meatballs down into the sauce and bring to a simmer.
- Spoon some of the marinara sauce up over the meatballs.
- Sprinkle with a teaspoon or two of freshly minced herbs if desired.
- Spread grated cheeses over the top of the meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place skillet in the oven and bake 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. (Turn on the broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese a bit if desired).
- Garnish with freshly snipped herbs and serve immediately.
- Prepare as a freezer meal by combining meatballs and sauce and layering in an oven-safe casserole dish. Cover with grated cheese. Wrap in one layer of plastic wrap and one layer of aluminum foil. Freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30-40 minutes until sauce is bubbling up, meatballs are heated through, and cheese is melted. Uncover and broil to brown the cheese on top.
- Serve over spaghetti, other pasta, toasted French bread, or in a hoagie bun as a meatball sub.
- This can also be made in a casserole dish. Double the meatball recipe and the cheese and prepare in a 9×13 casserole dish.
- Sauce and cheese amounts can be varied as much or as little as you’d like for personal taste. You could also use provolone or gruyere cheeses.
- Adding a little salt and pepper to the top of the cheese really adds some seasoning. It’s optional, of course.
- For a super-fast meal, use jarred marinara sauce and frozen meatballs. Simmer the frozen meatballs in the sauce until heated and then continue with the recipe instructions. If using jarred sauce, feel free to add herbs and seasonings to the sauce while it simmers.