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Cheesy Baked Meatballs

I grew up eating meatballs practically every Sunday as part of our full Sunday Dinner which included pasta, meatballs, and gravy, among many other things. We really liked to eat on Sundays! I haven’t deviated too far from my mom’s original recipe, however, as I’ve continued to make them over the years, I’ve made my own little tweaks to them. This particular recipe is what I use for when we need a quick and easy batch to serve in meatball parmesan subs or over pasta for a quick weekday meal when we don’t have the time to spend hours cooking them in a homemade pasta sauce!

Baked Meatball Recipe

The whole meal comes together quickly and easily and is as family friendly as it gets. My boys love these served as meatball parm hoagies served with veggies or fruit, since they’re pretty filling…or if we’re feeling extra hungry and fancy, we’ll bake up some sweet potato fries and sprinkle with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese once out of the oven!

Meatball Parmesan Subs

Enjoy and let me know if you make them by tagging me on Instagram @jessicamccalla!

xo, Jess

Baked Meatballs

These baked meatballs are perfect to use in hoagies for meatball parm subs or as a quick and easy weeknight meal served over your favorite pasta.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Family-friendly, Kid-approved
Servings: 6
Author: Jessica McCalla


  • cup whole milk
  • cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • splash of red wine (optional)
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sliced mozzarella cheese
  • jar of pasta sauce


  • Preheat oven to 375℉.
  • Combine the milk and breadcrumbs in a small bowl and set aside to thicken
  • Meanwhile, mix all other ingredients, except the mozzarella cheese and sauce, in a large bowl until well combined (don’t over-mix!)
  • Add the breadcrumb mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Roll into balls (I make around 14-16, depending on how big you like them) and place into a non-stick skillet.
  • Brush the tops with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and bake at 375° for about 40-45 minutes until cooked through.
  • Once cooked, add sauce of choice to the pan and top with sliced mozzarella cheese. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Serve in your hoagie roll of choice or over your favorite pasta and enjoy!

May 1, 2023

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