Little G loves meatballs. He is a typical American-born kid who loves his spaghetti and meatballs, but alas, I didn’t make good American meatballs until recently.
Whenever he has a craving for meatballs, I always ask his dad to take him to his favorite Italian restaurant.
This meatball casserole recipe finally changed it for me, as finally, little G gave his two thumbs up to me, for making his comfort food as good as his favorite restaurant.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s a one-pot meal, it’s so easy to make and it serves the entire family.
The recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart. I absolutely love the mozarella cheese that melts on top of the meatballs. They really do make all the difference.
Make this today and just add some spaghetti to the meatballs and you will have a perfect meal for the kids and family!
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One Pot Meatball Casserole Recipe
Meatball Casserole – one pot juicy and delicious meatballs in tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese, homemade comfort food.
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 cup breadcrumbs or Japanese panko
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 small onion finely chopped
- Pinch of red-pepper flakes
- 1 can 28 oz. whole peeled tomatoes, pureed
- 4 fresh basil leaves optional
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese thinly sliced
Using your hands, gently mix together the pork, beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, eggs, garlic, and parsley in a large bowl. Form mixture into 2-inch balls.
Heat the oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs; cook, turning, until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add onion and pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Add the tomatoes and basil; simmer, stirring frequently, until the sauce is slightly thickened. Return the meatballs and its juices to pan. Simmer, turning meatballs until cooked through.
Heat the broiler and arrange the mozzarella cheese on top of the meatballs. Broil until melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.