Baked Meatballs Parmesan Recipe – How to Make it in 14 Simple Steps

A freshlycooked batch of baked parmesan meatballs.

Who doesn't love the flavors of Italian food with cheeses, tomato sauce, and savory herbs and spices? This recipe for Baked Meatballs Parmesan takes a classic favorite, meatballs, and bakes them rather than frying them. With this recipe, you won't have to make a greasy mess on the stove top!

Many people do not care to make meatballs from scratch because they find the processing time consuming and messy. Not only do they have to mix the meat and other ingredients and shape the meatballs with their hands, they think that they have to fry the meatballs, which makes a greasy, smelly mess on the stovetop.

However, this recipe takes a shortcut, baking the meatballs in the oven so that you do not have to get out the frying pan and make a stovetop mess. You will still need to mix the meat and shape the meatballs, but you can skip frying the meatballs in the skillet by baking them in the oven without sauce or cheese for about 20 minutes. Later, you will add the tomato sauce and the cheese and complete the baking time.

A freshly cooked batch of baked parmesan meatballs.

Baked Meatballs Parmesan Recipe

April Freeman
Italian food is a family favorite. After all, who doesn’t like the flavors of tangy tomato sauce, creamy cheese, savory herbs, and meat? This recipe for Baked Meatballs Parmesan gives you all of your family’s favorite Italian flavors in an easy to prepare format. Serve it atop your choice of cooked pasta or use it to create a new family favorite, Meatball Sub Sandwiches. Include some garlic sticks and a tossed salad and you will have a full meal for your family.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Servings


  • 9 inch Square Pan
  • Large bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Small bowl


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup Seasoned Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 pc Egg
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 15 ounces Tomato Sauce from a can
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a nine-inch square pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, the egg, the Parmesan cheese, and the parsley. Stir well with a fork.
    The ingredients to be mixed in a large bowl.
  • Using your hands or a wooden spoon, add in the meat. Gently work the meat until all of the ingredients are combined, but do not overwork the meat.
  • Using your hands, roll out twelve meatballs, each one slightly larger than the size of a walnut.
  • Place each one in the baking pan, several inches from the others
  • Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake the meatballs for about twenty minutes.
  • While the meatballs are baking, you can prepare the tomato sauce.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the tomato sauce and the Italian seasoning. Set this aside.
    The ingredients for the sauce to be mixed in a bowl.
  • When the meatballs have baked the required twenty minutes, remove them from the oven. Drain off as much of the grease that you can, using a paper towel to blot it out of the pan.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over and around the meatballs. You can scoot the meatballs closer together if you wish.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the meatballs, doing your best to evenly distribute it.
  • Return the pan of meatballs to the oven and bake for another twenty minutes.
  • Serve the meatballs over pasta or rice cooked according to package instructions.
    The baked Parmesan Meatballs are served over pasta in a bowl.


Here is a great kitchen tip to save you trying to scrub the messy, gummy residue from rolling meatballs off of your hands. Simply keep a box of latex gloves in one of your kitchen drawers alongside your zip-top baggies and aluminum foil.
You will be amazed at how often you will find the gloves useful in the kitchen. You may want to use them for cutting onions, cleaning out the kitchen drain, or any other kitchen task that may mess up your manicure.
Our recipe for Baked Meatballs Parmesan calls for using Italian sausage. However, if you have another kind of ground meat on hand, feel free to use it. Simply add in two tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 ½ teaspoon fennel seed, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
You could easily substitute ground lamb, ground pork, ground chicken, ground beef, or ground turkey for the Italian sausage. Additionally, you could use a combination of any of these kinds of meat to increase the texture and complexity of flavors.
Typically, meatballs are served over a plate of cooked spaghetti noodles. However, you can serve these meatballs over any kind of pasta that you prefer. Additionally, they would be great on a sub roll for a sandwich. If you don’t feel like there is enough pasta sauce to cover your noodles, you can double the sauce ingredients if you like a heavily sauced pasta.
Because the sauce keeps everything very moist, these meatballs reheat very well. In fact, you can freeze them and reheat them later if you are just cooking for one or two people. Bake the meatballs as the recipe describes. Divide the meatballs in half and place part of them, along with the sauce, in a freezer-safe dish with a lid.
Freeze the meatballs for up to a month. When you want to eat them, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready for dinner, place them in an oven-safe dish, and bake in an oven that is preheated to 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they are heated through.
Keyword Baked Meatballs Parmesan, Main Course, Recipe
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