Meatball Parmigiana

These tender meatballs are perfect to serve with your favourite pasta but even more delicious tucked into a soft kaiser bun to enjoy as a sandwich or with, pasta, rice or polenta. As a kid, meatballs were one of my favourites (and they still are)!
Yield 4 Servings Prep. Time 20 min Cooking Time 45 min Total Time 65 min


Here are the following ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup (150 mL) fresh bread crumbs
  • ½ cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) finely chopped onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano leaves
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) whipping cream
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 lb (500 g) Lean Ground Beef
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) tomato basil pasta sauce (homemade or store-bought)


  • 1 ball (125 g) fresh mozzarella or bocconcini cheese, drained
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

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Follow these cooking methods/directions:

  1. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, onion, garlic, oregano, egg, parsley, cream, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Gently mix in ground beef with a fork or your hands (careful not to over-mix). Roll into about twenty-two 1½-inch (4 cm) meatballs.
  2. Place flour on a plate. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large ovenproof skillet or wide saucepan. Roll meatballs in flour a few at a time to coat, then add to pan. Cook, shaking pan gently or turning meatballs as needed, for about 8 minutes until browned all over. Reduce heat to medium, add pasta sauce and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Cover and bake in preheated 400ºF oven for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once until a digital instant-read thermometer inserted into several meatballs reads 160°F (71°C) and sauce is thickened.
  4. Topping: Uncover skillet. Tear mozzarella into small pieces and sprinkle over meatballs; sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.