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Meatball Casserole


8 servings


50 mins


This easy casserole recipe with ground beef meatballs makes the perfect comfort food meal. With thick tomato sauce, and lots of cheese, this recipe is a must-make!


– 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) – ▢1 pinch red-pepper flakes – ▢28 oz. whole peeled tomatoes, pureed – ▢4 fresh basil leaves (optional) – ▢8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Step 1

– Using your hands, gently mix together the pork, beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, eggs, garlic, and parsley in a large bowl. Form the mixture into 2-inch balls.

Step 2

– 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.

Step 3

– 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.

Step 4

– Heat the broiler and arrange the mozzarella cheese on top of the meatballs. Broil until melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

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