Juicy, flavorful Italian meatballs bathed in rich marinara, smothered in mozzarella and Parmesan and baked to golden cheesy deliciousness – AKA my new deliciously comforting obsession! These Cheesy Baked Italian Meatballs will be the only Italian meatballs you ever want to eat and they make the BEST spaghetti and meatballs ever! Because this recipe comes from an Italian – read on!
If you aren’t familiar with The Slow Roasted Italian blog, do yourself a favor and go check it out, NOW. Sorry, was I yelling?! I am just so passionate about their site and their recipes. I want to make every single recipe I see of theirs – from their blog, and now from their genius cookbook! Their Cookbook is packed with delicious recipes that are super flavorful but super easy. As Donna says, “We love to find ways to take a complicated recipe and make it simply, without sacrificing flavor.” And they have done just that.
The Simple Kitchen Cookbook is loaded with over 80 easy, family recipes (with a whole chapter for one pot meals!) such as Tuscan Garlic Chicken and Linguine, Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice, Cheesy Cajun Pasta, Slow Cooker Mexican Roast Beef Dip Sandwiches and more drool worthy recipes. Quite simply, this cookbook belongs in your life and would make a wonderful gift this holiday season!
While I had the hardest time choosing a recipe from The Simple Kitchen Cookbook, to share with you (and still have a gazillion bookmarked to try), I am ecstatic I landed on these Cheesy Baked Italian Meatballs (called Meatball Parmesan Skillet in the cookbook, pg 46), because they BLEW ME AWAY. and they will blow you away.
I knew these Cheesy Baked Italian Meatballs would be good because Donna, after all is Italian, but I wasn’t prepared at just how cravilicious they would be. They are perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. And coming from someone who loves seasonings and playing with recipes, this is the highest compliment I can give.
The Cheesy Baked Italian Meatballs recipe itself is quite a few ingredients – BUT DON’T BE INTIMIDATED, this is actually an incredibly easy recipe, that takes just over 30 minutes to make! Most of the ingredients are seasonings so they literally take seconds to dump in. The rest of the ingredients are pantry staples.
The recipe starts with a quick whisking of the Marinara Arrabbiata sauce ingredients in a saucepan which you simmer for 5 minutes. Eazy peazy! Marinara Arabbiata or sugo all’arrabbiata in Italian, is a spicy tomato sauce and this one is wonderfully rich, seasoned to perfection and tastes like its been simmering all day. It does have a kick of heat so if you don’t like heat or want to make this extra kid friendly, then I would reduce the red pepper flakes to 1/4 teaspoon. I used 1/2 teaspoon and it was perfect for my medium spicy palate.
Next, the soft, tender, flavor bursting meatballs of your dreams. Once you mix your meatball ingredients, you drop the balls as you make them into a skillet over medium heat. So you roll and drop, roll and drop all the while the meatballs are sizzling in the skillet. As the meatballs turn golden, you roll them over and continue to roll and drop. I love this method for quick and efficient meatballs!
Next, we bathe our meatballs in our velvety Marinara Arrabbiata then bake for 15 minute. Remove meatballs from the oven, smother in mozzarella and Parmesan cheese – heavens yes! – and return to bake until ooey gooey cheesiliciousness.
You can serve these meatballs as is with toothpicks for a crowd pleasing party appetizer or I love to serve mine with spaghetti for the best spaghetti and meatballs
No joke. Cheesy Baked Italian Meatballs you will want to dive face first into. And never stop.
Thank you Donna and Chad. Thank you.
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©Meatball Parmesan Skillet, pg 46, The Simple Kitchen Cookbook by Donna and Chad Elick
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