Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Italian Meatball Casserole

I love a great casserole that can be a one dish dinner, Italian Meatball Casserole is one of those dishes. Just add a great salad and some garlic bread and you will have a great meal. This is a great casserole for a family dinner, or a covered dish dinner. I took the casserole to several covered dish dinners and folks have always loved it and the dish was always clean when it came back home.

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage



Italian Meatball Casserole Is Delicious

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Simmer The Meatballs In The Sauce

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Mix The Pasta and Cheese

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Pour Into Casserole and Add The Meatballs

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Italian Meatball Casserole
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
Meatballs
1 pound ground chuck
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon pepper
1 egg, beaten
Sauce
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 14 ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon anise seed
1 teaspoon salt
1teaspoon pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes
Pasta
1(12 ounce) bag- Large Elbow Macaroni
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese
Top Garnish
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Directions
Meatballs
Gently mix all the meatball ingredients together, careful not to over mix. With 2 tablespoons of the mix roll the mix into a ball.
Place the meatballs on a lined baking sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let the meatball rest for at least 30 minutes before adding to sauce or freezing.
Sauce
In a very hot stock pot add the olive oil and saute the onion and the garlic until the onion is clear.
Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
Add the meatballs and cook on low heat for 15 minutes and keep warm. 

Pasta
Cook the pasta to package directions. 
Drain the pasta and pour it into a very large mixing bowl.
While the pasta is hot, add the cream cheese and mix until melted into the pasta.
Stir in the 4 cups of the sauce one cup at a time, stirring to make sure it is blended with the pasta.
In a 9X13 baking dish, place a little of the sauce in the bottom of the pan.
Add the pasta mix to the baking dish.
Place the meatballs on top of the pasta.
Sprinkle the Parmesan Cheese on top of the meatballs and pasta.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until heated through and starting to bubble around the edge.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!
Recipe Tip
The meatballs can be frozen up to 3 months before or after baking.
The meatballs can be served with or without the sauce.


Let Cool Before Serving

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Ready To Serve

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage


Enjoy!

Italian Meatball Casserole at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This casserole is full of Italian flavor and is a perfect for a family dinner! I sure am glad that you were able to stop by and enjoy this casserole with us today. We always look forward to your visits, food is always better when shared with a friend. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

8 comments:

  1. This looks perfect for "Make them a Meal". Always seem to be taking a meal to someone and struggle with new ideas. Wonder if it would freeze as love to have some made ahead of time!

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    1. Hi Marilyn,
      You are right it would be a really nice recipe for "Make Them A Meal". I have not had the opportunity to freeze the casserole, however I see no reason why you could not freeze it. I think it would freeze nicely after it is cooked, but I would cook it first, so the pasta doesn't get to soft. Let me know how it works for you. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
      Miz Helen

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  2. This casserole sounds cheesy and delicious and the perfect comfort food!

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    1. Hi Kitty,
      It is real cheesy and very Italian, we just love it and you are right it is real comfort food. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
      Miz Helen

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  3. This would be a perfect meal for taking to someone. I also love all in one casseroles, it makes dinner so easy. This will be a surefire hit at our house!

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  4. That just looks so good! Comforting and filling!

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  5. This is such wonderful comfort food, Miz Helen! Your Italian Meatball Casserole looks delicious. Thank you for sharing it with us at Hearth and Soul. Have a lovely weekend!

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  6. Thank you for Sharing at #overTheMoon!

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Miz Helen