This is an easy meatball casserole recipe; the meatballs are juicy and perfectly seasoned. The sauce has few ingredients but results in an amazing flavor that seeps inside the meatballs. I have used spaghetti, but of course, you can use any pasta!
In this recipe I have chosen cheddar cheese to top the casserole because cheddar cheese has more flavor than mozzarella and the taste of cheddar cheese go well with this meatball casserole, you can use your favorite cheese but do try mild cheddar cheese too.
How to make meatball casserole?
There are four steps to making this meatball casserole. First, you have to make the meatballs, then prepare the sauce, and then cook the pasta, lastly, put everything together and bake.
These steps won’t take a lot of time, preparing the meatballs takes 7 to 10 minutes, and frying the meatballs take 6 minutes. You will be done making and cooking the meatballs in 15 minutes or so.
The spaghetti doesn’t take long to cook, 10 or 11 minutes max, and you can cook the pasta while frying the meatballs.
Because we want the sauce to have a lot of flavors, let it simmer for 20 minutes, this will also keep the meatballs juicy and prevent it from getting dry while baking.
How to make the meatballs?
You might be surprised, but there are no eggs, nor breadcrumbs here. Ground beef and spices like salt, onion powder, black pepper is good seasoning because we want to taste seasoned meatballs and not strong different flavors within the meatballs.
After mixing all the ingredients of the meatballs, we will form equal size balls, and the 400 grams of beef we are using in this recipe should make around eight meatballs.
Fry the meatballs for 6 minutes making sure to brown all the sides, and then keep the meatballs aside until the sauce is ready.
Can you make the meatballs ahead?
If you are planning to make the meatball casserole the next day but to save time decided to prepare the meatballs a day ahead, then cook the meatballs for 8 minutes on medium high instead of 6 minutes. When the meatballs are cool, place in a Ziploc bag and place it in the fridge.
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