Casserole Recipe with Ground Beef Meatballs

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!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword One Pot Meatball Casserole
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 526 kcal


  • 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 canned whole peeled tomatoes, pureed
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, (optional)
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced


  1. 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.
  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.
  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.
  4. Heat the broiler and arrange the mozzarella cheese on top of the meatballs. Broil until melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Casserole Recipe with Ground Beef Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 526 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 150mg50%
Sodium 1037mg45%
Potassium 594mg17%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 12.7mg15%
Calcium 296mg30%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.