Baked Meatballs

These delicious Baked Meatballs make the perfect addition to pasta night! Ground beef, Italian sausage, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil mixed together then form little balls of goodness that are baked, not fried.

A side view of cooked Italian meatballs.

I want to say that I make these meatballs every time I make pasta. It would be great to say, ‘This is a beloved recipe that my grandmother handed down to me.’ But I want to be honest with you, so I will. I just started making this recipe exactly one month ago.

While baking meatballs is my preferred way to make meatballs, I didn’t have a good recipe that went with spaghetti sauce. The usual grainy, bland and just plain yuck meatballs that I quickly make don’t leave any impression at all. Except for my 5-year-old, he LOVES spaghetti and meatballs, so for him, I felt like I really needed to up my game.

Baked Italian meatballs on a baking sheet, cut in half showing the inside of one.

After playing with a few different versions, this baked meatball recipe was by far the best and little kidapproved!

So what made the difference from these and the other meatballs I had made before?

What I had run across before was when I used breadcrumbs for the meatballs, they came out mealy. Soaking the breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them into the meat totally solved this problem. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.

How to make meatballs using breadcrumbs.

What is a good meat mixture for making baked meatballs?

Prior to this, I was just using ground beef. Boring! So I added half ground beef (80/20 mixture) and half Italian sausage. No longer boring.

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After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.

Steps for meatball mixture then placing them on baking sheet.

Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce. I love Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta and traditional sauce. And here you are…..

Baked meatballs on a sheet pan with spaghetti and sauce off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Baked Meatballs
Ground beef, Italian sausage, cheese, herbs, and fresh basil create little bites of delicious. Baked meatballs are the perfect way to upgrade pasta night!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Italian, Meatballs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  2. After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.
  4. Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce.

Lasagna French Bread

Just a few ingredients turn ordinary loaves of French bread into this wonderful lasagna/pizza bread hybrid. Lots of sauce, lots of cheese and so toasty on top. Everyone will love this Lasagna French Bread.

Lasagna French Bread pizza on a pan

Growing up french bread pizzas from the freezer section were one of mine & my brothers favorites! Now that I’m the cook in the house I skip the freezer section and make my own French bread right at home.

What beer pairs well with Lasagna French Bread and a movie?

The beer: Lager from Simpler Times.

We pick this beer up at Trader Joe’s. It tastes great and is a great value at less than $5 for a 6-pack.

Is Trader Joe’s a great place to buy beer?

Yes! Not only do they have a great selection of beers, they also let you taste anything you want before buying.

A shot of a cut piece of French bread. A craft beer is off to the side.

What movie pairs well with crunchy french bread pizzas and a cold beer?

For this Mitten Movie Night we are starting Harry Potter from the very beginning. We are heading to Florida in a few weeks and visiting Universal Studios while there.

This will be Little A’s first time going when he can actually enjoy everything there. He wasn’t even 2 the last time we went so I’m excited to get him into the movies so he will understand just how cool that part of the park is.

How to make Lasagna French Bread:

In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.

To the same pan add onions and garlic. There should be grease still in the pan, if not add a small amount of olive oil. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.

Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.

Tips for making great french bread:

  • Removing some of the bread in the center makes a
    shallow area for adding the cottage cheese fillings. Makes it so much easier to eat!
  • Brush some melted butter and garlic on the bread to give it a ‘garlic bread’ feel.
A combination of photos with step-by-step for making Lasagna French bread.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.

In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.

Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.

Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly.

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And here you are…..

Overhead shot of some pizza bread with melted cheese and a craft beer off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Lasagna French Bread
Lasagna French Bread is stuffed with cottage cheese filling, ground beef, spaghetti sauce and then baked with tons of cheese on top. An easy meal that will leave everyone satisfied.
Lasagna Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Lasagna Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.
  2. To the same pan add onions and garlic. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.
  3. Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.
  7. Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.
  8. Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

Tender turkey meatballs filled with rice then added on top of a bed of zucchini noodles. Serve with chunky vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and Parmesan. Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is the perfect dinner for when you are craving a different kind of Italian dish.

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten

It’s funny to think that this was one of the very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad, I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  So on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

How to make Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it gives the best taste.

Cook the rice according to package directions.

Once the rice has cooled add it to your turkey and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto a greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Porcupine Meatball with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spiralizer.

Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.

Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce.

Assemble this beautiful ‘pasta’ by taking all the vegetables and zoodles, top with meatballs then finally pour sauce over the top of your meatballs.

Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is a delicious dish when you are craving something other than pasta. Serve this dish for dinner tonight!

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs

Zoodles

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs

Zoodles

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!

  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.

Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.

  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.

  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!


Recipe Notes

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

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