This easy cheesy meatball casserole boasts just 5 ingredients, yet is still packed with flavor… Serve it as is, over pasta, or on sandwich rolls for a versatile weeknight dinner!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own.
It’s no secret that fall is NOT one of my favorite seasons — the unpredictable weather, soggy leaves covering the ground, those first few flakes of snow that signal winter is on its way… Actually, I’m okay with the snow. That is, through about January 1st, and then I’ve had my fill for the year. But overall, I’m definitely a spring/summer kind of girl.
But I do admit that fall does have some perks — namely football season, pumpkin everything, and yummy comfort food… The temps haven’t exactly been cooperating here, but I’ve still been stepping up my comfort food game over the past week or so, starting with this Cheesy Meatball Casserole! I mean, casseroles and fall just go hand in hand. Right?
This Cheesy Meatball Casserole gets its start with Carando Abruzzese Meatballs. You’ll find these Italian-style meatballs in the fresh meat deli section at Giant Eagle. Filled with Old World flavors, like premium pork, Parmesan cheese, and parsley, they’re a super versatile way to get a delicious dinner on the table fast! And I feel good knowing that Carando Meatballs contain no MSG or fillers. In addition, they’re gluten-free if that’s a concern of yours.
For this dish, I opted to brown them on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet according to the cooking instructions: 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees, turning once, until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees. This adds some depth of flavor, and then just peel the foil off the baking sheet and use it for some crusty garlic bread to serve on the side!
5-Ingredient Cheesy Meatball Casserole
Fresh spinach is a fantastic way to add a boost of nutritious greens to hot dishes. I regularly stir it into Italian fare, because it just kind of melts into the sauce. I’ve found that my kids don’t even bother trying to pick it out! #momwin
I did just that in this Cheesy Meatball Casserole by stirring a few large handfuls of fresh spinach into the marinara sauce. Next, I nestled the cooked meatballs down in the sauce, and then proceeded to drop large teaspoonfuls of ricotta cheese all around them. Finally, I sprinkled about a cup-and-a-half of shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese all over the top, and then put it in the oven to bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. If you want to add a little browning to the cheese, simply pop it under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.
That’s it! Just 5 ingredients to a flavorful and filling casserole dinner, and I have to say that I adore how flexible this recipe is. You can serve it up as is, or you can stretch it a bit by spooning it over cooked noodles. Or over rice. Or put it in a sub roll… So many possibilities!
5-Ingredient Cheesy Meatball Casserole
Yield 6 servings
This easy meatball casserole boasts just 5 ingredients, yet is still packed with flavor... Serve it as is, over pasta, or on sandwich rolls for a versatile weeknight dinner!
- 2 pkgs. Carando Abruzzese Meatballs
- 3 cups marinara sauce
- 2 cups packed baby spinach
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Place the meatballs on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning once.
- In the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish or large round pan, mix together the marinara sauce and baby spinach. Place the cooked meatballs in the dish, nestling them down in the sauce. Dot the top of the meatballs with teaspoonfuls of ricotta cheese. Sprinkle all of the mozzarella cheese over the top.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, until the casserole is bubbly. If desired, you can place the dish under the broiler for an additional 3-4 minutes, until the cheese is starting to brown.
Save on Carando Meatballs at Giant Eagle
I bet you’re dying to run out and pick up some Carando Meatballs now… Yes? Well, I’ve got great news: right now you can save $1 on any package of Carando Meatballs at Giant Eagle! You’ll also want to give their Sicilian variety a try — both the Sicilian and the Abruzzese variety are equally tasty.2