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Published on September 28th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain


Mouthwatering Parmesan Meatballs

As a busy mom, I am always looking to add shortcuts for dinner, anything to help me get a meal on the table fast.

My cooking life is based  so I can use premade, prepackaged items to fix food fast, which is still healthier then fast food. So I tend to use items like canned beans, frozen veggies and convenience items like jars of spaghetti sauce. Did you know that Ragu was founded by a woman, Assunta Cantisano. What a role model, and her success story makes me proud to be an entrepreneur too, and that I can be a strong mom both taking care of my family and still make a difference in this world.

Ragu has been a family favorite for many years, and I always keep a couple jars in the pantry for a fast dinner fix.  I even found some new flavors this week that I’m excited to try out- Grilled Steak and Super Chunky Mushroom, don’t those sound delicious!

I wanted to share my homemade meatball recipe that I like to make. When I make meatballs, I don’t just fix enough for our meal. I make at least enough for two or three meals. First, it’s such a relief to have some quick fix items in the freezer I can grab out, toss in sauce and have a meal. Second, since I try to cook low carb for our family, meatballs in sauce, with no pasta, is still a great meal for us, without the super high carb count that pasta has. And it’s a filling dinner as well.

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Tonight’s dinner is a skillet of Mouthwatering Parmesan Meatballs, simmered in Traditional Ragu pasta sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese and loaded with creamy mozzarella cheese, decorated with a little pretty Italian parsley.


I use

2 lbs ground beef

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup of Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce

1/2 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

3 tablespoons Italian seasoning

For topping-

1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese

3 tablespoons of fresh parsley chopped finely


Mix all the ingredients. Shape the mixture into balls.


I bake my meatballs, I don’t need them crispy at this point.  Bake them in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Once they are cooked through, I let them cool.

Once they are cool, I take my extra meatballs and freeze them in freezer ziploc baggies. I count 4-5 meatballs per serving, depending on what I am fixing.


Once the meatballs are baked. I add about 2 cups of Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce into a pan, or skillet – I used a beautiful cast iron skillet for my dinner.

Add as many meatballs as you need, about 4-5 per person, to the skillet, and then top each meatball with a good sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, then a few sprinkles of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle on your chopped parsley as well. Then put back in the oven for another 15 – 20 minutes at 350 degrees until hot and the cheese is melted.


This dinner goes great with a big luscious salad filled with fresh veggies!


Look how warm and gooey and yummy this is!



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75 Responses to Mouthwatering Parmesan Meatballs

  1. Beverly says:

    How about spaghetti squash?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Beverly! yes, I often substitute zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, I prefer the zoodles, so yum! thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Wendi says:

    WOW! Those REALLY ARE MOUTHWATERING!!! YUM! I too make a parmesan meatball that I have made for my family. I typically use a mix of hamburger and sausage for the meat. I was wondering as I looked at your pictures if you had ever tried turkey burger – perhaps mixed with hamburger? We are trying to lose some weight at our house and I was thinking that might be an interesting option.

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Wendi! yes, we eat ground turkey most of the time, sometimes ground chicken and even ground pork! I rarely get to have ground beef anymore, so I enjoyed it so much in this recipe! Yum, sausage would be a delicious addition to these. Don’t you just love that Parmesan flavor, so good! thanks so much!

    • Kate says:

      Wendy — my husband and I are doing the same, and I’ve found that ground chicken blends into so many foods when turkey can taste a little dark meaty. We got back eating sloppy joes once we tried it made with ground chicken. In meatballs especially, chicken is a yummy choice!

      This recipe looks awesome!

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  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Those sound phenomenal! I cannot wait to try this recipe.

  5. harriet says:

    I prefer meatballs that are not fried. Yours look really good.

  6. Shaylee says:

    Okay my mouth actually is watering after reading this! I need to make these ASAP!

  7. tara pittman says:

    I love Ragu sauce with pasta and pizza. My family would love meatballs too.

  8. Joely Smith says:

    With the Fall weather upon us this sounds and looks perfect! I never would have thought to make meatballs this way. Thanks!

  9. dana vento says:

    These look different and delicious. I will have to add this to my virtual cookbook. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. These look heavenly I love cheese and since I am a vegetarian I substitute meat for Quorn. Do you have any veggie recipes on the site?

  11. I love meatballs and this recipe looks so good!! I know my kids would really enjoy this as well! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  12. Tina says:

    These meatballs look amazing and so yummy!! Kudos for coming up with such a terrific recipe in a pinch!

  13. Chanelle says:

    Simple and delicious. My type of dish.

  14. Liz Mays says:

    I love all that cheesy goodness on top. These look sensational!

  15. victoria says:

    What a great recipe. I can’t wait to try these my hubby and the two boys would surely love it.

  16. My oh my. That looks absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  17. Danii says:

    Love meatballs. This recipe sounds great, will definitely give it a try.

  18. Claudette says:

    What a tasty looking meal. Adding this recipe!

  19. Mardene carr says:

    This looks yummy. I am always on the lookout for recipes and this looks like something I want to try

  20. These meatballs look AMAZING! I am drooling all over my keyboard. Love the melted cheese all over it!

  21. Elizabeth O. says:

    I can’t help but feel hungry because of this! Now I want to attempt to make my own version just to satisfy my craving.

  22. Wendy says:

    Oh man do these look good! Will have to make this weekend for sure! Haven’t had meatballs in a while and have been craving them!

  23. I love meatballs and I could eat them all day! So quick and easy and if I am in the mood I can make them gluten free too!! Love these!

  24. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These Parmesan Meatballs look divine and I so have to make them. I grow up in an italian family so this is right up my alley. I love meatballs. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. Shannon says:

    Wow, this looks absolutely delicious!! Yum!

  26. Vanessa says:

    After you mix everything how long do they go in the oven and at what temperature initially?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Vanessa! I bake at them 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I also drain off an excess fat about halfway through cooking.

  27. Steph says:

    So how long do you bake the meatballs initially? Is there any purpose to putting them in a skillet before putting back in the oven like do you fry them on the stove at all?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Step- initially I bake them about 20 minutes, it just depends on your oven. I do not fry them to keep them healthier. I serve them out of the skillet, you could use an oven safe dish as well.

  28. Amy says:

    How long and at what temp did you bake them the first time around? You mentioned 15-20 minutes at 350 after they go in the fry pan but what about from the raw state?

  29. Mike says:

    1 lb of ground beef instead of 2? Do I just half the portions of seasoning?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Mike, sorry but I think you are saying you have only 1 lb ground beef? Yes, please half the seasonings to adjust for the recipe!
      good luck!

  30. Christy Jayne says:

    Approximately how many are you refrigerating and how many are you putting in the skillet? How many does this serve? How big are you making your balls? Just trying to figure out portions, and whether a pound could serve 4 without refrigerating extra… I try to keep low-carb and these seem yummo, and I’ve already begun thinking of other things I might use in place of the crumbs on occasion! Hope they’re as fab as they look!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Cristy, I count 4-5 meatballs a serving. For each pound of ground beef you should have enough for 4 servings. I make a lot more, using several pounds, but this is the correct ingredient list per pound. Increasing it is up to you. The meatballs are a little smaller then a walnut. For ease, you could mix up your beef mixture into a square shape, then draw lines down the mixture in a grid to get the amount of meatballs you need. I have 12 meatballs in my 8 inch skillet. Add oatmeal instead of crumbs as an alternative.

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  34. Lore says:

    Yummy!! This was so easy, and all 4 of my children loved it! I’m so glad that I stumbled onto this recipe! I will definitely be making it again!

  35. Danielle says:

    I cooked these tonight for supper and they are delicious especially when you need it done quick and something simple

  36. Brittany says:

    This recipe is amazing, I have already made it once and am making it again tonight, it was a big hit with the family and everyone is looking forward to having them again :) thanks for sharing this great meal with us!

  37. Frank says:

    I really want to make this for my Linda my wife so it will be ready when she comes home from work.

    What can I use to make this gluten free?
    Thank you

  38. Larcinda says:

    Hi Kris. I am in the process of making these now… I cannot wait to taste them along with my family tonight. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!!

  39. Bertha Perry says:

    Thank you so much for this easy and delicious recipe! I just made it and my husband love it!

  40. carley says:

    I made this for a family reunion and it was a hit. I made 4 large pans of this and it was all gone. I love this and highly recommend it. I will definitely be making this again.

  41. Melissa says:

    Hi there! I’m making these now and I don’t have a skillet to use on the stove and then put into the oven. What do you suggest?? I am so not a cook!! Thank you!

  42. Bridget H. says:

    I am always on the hunt for dinner recipe ideas, dessert ideas, etc. I love cooking
    and baking and am always hunting for something original. I enjoy Italian food (my dad’s family is from Italy/Sicily) and so I have a natural affinity for cheese, pasta and sauce. lol. I know you use Ragu and recipes are tailored to ours and our families liking. I have tried many a canned/jar ready to use sauce and my family favorite is Emeril’s Marinara Sauce. Along with some diced onion, that is the only changes, personally, we would make. My daughter makes her meatballs with stove top stuffing, 1/2 c. ketchup, 1/2 c. breadcrumbs, egg and I believe 1 tsp worcestershire sauce. It’s pretty good too. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Yum!

  43. I tried these tonight, and…. GIRL. They are SO scrumptious! Thanks for sharing this!

  44. Harley Hottie says:

    OMG… I was looking for a new way to fix some ground beef tonight and these meatballs looked so delish, that the recipe beat out all others I came across. On my way into the kitchen right now, as I have all necessary ingredients! Whoohoo! If they truly are delish, I’ll post later once they’re in belly! Thankyou!

  45. Pamm Monaghan says:

    Great idea for meatballs. When I bake mine, I use the non-stick foil in the bottom of the cookie sheet (quick clean up) and put a cooling rack in and put the meat balls on top of that. The grease drains off and they are almost grease free!

    I love all the cheese on top and the ragu sauce!

    • cmiy says:

      Pamm, because of the turkey meat, they have little fat to drain off. I just don’t bother with that because I can tilt the pan to drain off the excess liquid.

  46. Emily says:

    I made this tonight for dinner. Just for my husbend and i. I only used 1 lb of groud beef and shrunk the measurments accordingly. Oh man. This is my new favorite meatball recipe! And i layed the meat balls over garlic toast it was like an open faced meatball sandwich. Thankyou for this wonderful recipe.

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  48. Kim Mccloud says:

    Do you know how many carbs are in a serving of 5 meatballs? I am making this for our low carb diet

  49. Renee says:

    Hi Kris,
    Our family, infused into a predominantly Italian city, cooked a lot of pasta and meatballs. We too always used Ragu for our jarred sauce. It’s a staple. These meatballs are mouth watering and I can’t wait to make them. Love you use a cast iron skillet too! They’re the best!

  50. Kathleen says:

    My oven is broken but I really want to make these. Do you think I could cook them on the stove in a pan soaked in ragu? Or perhaps the instant pot?

    • cmiy says:

      I think they could be made in the instant pot, or you could lightly fry them with a little oil on the stove.

  51. Shelley says:

    This is amazing. We love it

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