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Spaghetti Meatball Bake

When we gather for Sunday dinner, we crave pasta. I had a hankering for meatballs, too, so I developed a meaty spaghetti casserole. —Kim Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs, divided
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked spaghetti (3 ounces uncooked), coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 jars (24 ounces each) meatless pasta sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place 1 cup bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. In a large bowl, combine eggs, chopped spaghetti, garlic, seasonings and remaining bread crumbs. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • Roll meatballs in bread crumbs; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • In a large saucepan, combine pasta sauce, onion, garlic and seasonings; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Pour over meatballs; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is lightly browned.
Nutrition Facts
4 meatballs with 1/2 cup sauce: 390 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 1074mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein.

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