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A cheesy meatball lifted from a cast iron skillet with lots of cheese strings.

Cheesy Meatball Skillet

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


There’s so many ways to enjoy this cheesy meatball skillet. Pop them in a sub, mix them up with some pasta, or soak up the sauce with some crusty bread!


Units Scale
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all the meatball ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.
  2. Scoop out about 1 golf ball-sized meatball mixture and roll it in your hands to make meatballs. I used an ice cream scoop.
  3. Over medium-high heat in an oven-proof skillet, brown the meatballs in batches until evenly browned, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Remove meatballs and drain on paper towels. Drain any excess oil from the skillet.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour the marinara sauce in the skillet.
  6. Add the meatballs back to the skillet and roll them around to coat them in the marinara sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the internal temperature of meatballs are 165°F.
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese. Cover and simmer until cheese melts or broil at 450°F for 3-5 minutes for browned cheese.
  8. Dish and serve hot sprinkled with chopped fresh basil.
  9. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins