Cheesy Skillet Meatballs

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Cheesy Meatball Skillet


Cheesy Skillet Meatballs are coated in marinara sauce, flavored with fresh basil, and covered in a blanket of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese. You can serve them over pasta for a meal or serve them on garlic bread slices for a delicious appetizer.

There’s so much to do during the holidays and I’ll admit I get a little obsessed with holiday baking- cookies, fudge, pies, candies, cakes. The list goes on and on. Sometimes I can spend all day in the kitchen but have nothing but sugar-laden foods to show for it.

Cheesy Meatball Skillet makes an easy appetizer or dinner.


That’s why during the holiday season I totally rely on shortcut, quick and easy meals. And there’s no better way to make a yummy meal with a minimum amount of effort than with Johnsonville Meatballs.

Cheesy Meatball Skillet with Johnsonville Meatballs


Johnsonville Meatballs come frozen in three tasty flavors: Original Italian, Homestyle, and Three Cheese and they are fully cooked making them perfect for the busy holiday season.

Johnsonville Meatballs are made from premium cuts of pork and there are about 20 meatballs per bag, plenty for a holiday appetizer or to feed a family of four for dinner.

Cheesy Meatballs in Marinara Sauce


Cheesy Meatball Skillet makes an easy appetizer of dinner.


Since the meatballs are already fully cooked, it takes no time at all to make this dish. Just add some oil to a pan. I like using a cast iron skillet. Add the meatballs and heat them on each side for about a minute. Then  add a jar of marinara sauce and some fresh basil. Simmer until the meatballs are heated all the way through.

Finally add some Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese.

Cheesy Meatball Skillet with Marinara Sauce


I don’t know what it is about meatballs and melted cheese but that’s a combination I can’t resist.

Cheesy Meatball Skillet


For a fun party appetizer, serve Cheesy Skillet Meatballs over garlic bread slices.

Cheesy Meatball Skillet


Cheesy Meatball Skillet
Cheesy Skillet Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Cheesy Skillet Meatballs are cooked in marinara sauce, flavored with fresh basil, and covered in a blanket of Parmesan and Mozzarella.

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 541 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 package frozen Johnsonville Meatballs
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheeses
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oil in a nonstick or cast iron pan. Add meatballs and cook for about 1 minute per side.
  2. Add marinara sauce and simmer until meatballs are heated all the way through.
  3. Sprinkle basil and cheeses on top and continue to cook over low heat until cheese is melted. (Or you can stick the pan under the broiler to melt the cheese.)
  4. Serve over pasta or with garlic toast slices.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Skillet Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 541
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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