Cheesy Meatballs

cheesy meatballs in a pan.

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Sauce, cheesy meatballs made with simple ingredients. This is such an easy meatball recipe you can serve with pasta, rice, or make meatball subs. Plus, you only need one pan to make them!


  • ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, herbs, seasonings, garlic, and egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground meat and mix until just combined.
  2. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture to form each meatball. 
  3. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place the meatballs in the hot pan and cook them, turning them often, until they are browned.
  4. Pour the sauce into the pan and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top. Adjust the heat to medium-low and cover the pan with a lid. Simmer the meatballs for 10 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly hot and the cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley and basil, if using.


Meat: You can use your favorite ground meat for this recipe. So, try switching it up with ground pork, ground turkey, or ground chicken.

Sauce: Use your favorite jarred marinara sauce to make it really simple. I love Rao’s Homemade marinara sauce.

Leftovers: Store the leftover meatballs, sauce, and cheese in an airtight container. They will keep well for three days in the fridge.