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Marinara Meatball Skillet

A savory and cheesy recipe with tender Italian style meatballs slow simmered in homemade vegetable marinara sauce. Great as an appetizer for parties or as a main course for family meals.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword meatballs
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 24 Meatballs with Sauce
Calories 115 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 24 Carando Meatballs 2 packages
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 2 cups sweet peppers sliced or chopped
  • 1 carrot peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery with leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounces petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus a pinch
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus a pinch
  • 8 ounces whole milk mozzarella good quality
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Asiago cheese shredded

Cook That

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium low heat. Stir in the peppers, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, butter, crushed pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Bring the sauce to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  4. Add the remaining oil to a large oven proof skillet. Brown the meatballs in batches in the oil over medium heat, rotating to brown all sides. Turn stove top off.

  5. When all the meatballs are browned, arrange them all in the bottom of the skillet. Pour the prepared marinara sauce over the top.

  6. Tear the mozzarella into chunks and arrange on top of the sauce-covered meatballs. Sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.

  7. Serve hot with additional Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information does not include bread.

Nutrition Facts
Marinara Meatball Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 meatball with sauce and cheese)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 223mg10%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1040IU21%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.