14 Quick and Easy Frozen Meatball Dishes

Go Beyond the Traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs

Casserole with vegetables, meatballs and cheese.

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While spaghetti and meatballs may be the first dish you that comes to mind when someone mentions the word "meatballs," there's so much more you can do with these delicious balls of meat. From creamy pasta dishes to hearty stews, meatballs are surprisingly versatile for quick weeknight dinners and savory party appetizers.

Best part is, any of these meatball recipes can be made with frozen meatballs! If you would prefer to make your own, instead of buying the store-bought type, we recommend using an easy meatball recipe. They freeze just as well as the store-bought variety, and you'll be in control of exactly what you put in. (No pesky preservatives!)

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    Classic Spaghetti With Meatballs

    Classic Spaghetti With Meatballs
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    Sure, you could just toss a jar of store-bought marinara on top of pre-cooked meatballs and spaghetti. It may be quick, but made-from-scratch spaghetti with meatballs is the better option, in our humble opinions. We've found that it's too delicious to pass up!

    This classic recipe starts with fresh ingredients, from the homemade meatballs to the custom tomato sauce. It's easier than you might think, too!

    You can always use your homemade or store-bought frozen meatballs and just make the sauce a la minute. 

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    Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs

    Crock Pot Swedish Meatball

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    Swedish meatballs are another family favorite and they're not hard to make. That's especially true if you toss them into your trusted slow cooker.

    The recipe uses just a few common ingredients, including onion, garlic, and cream of mushroom soup. Serve them on top of rice, potatoes, or noodles for a fabulous cold-weather meal that's hot and ready for dinner.

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    Creamy Pesto Meatballs

    Pasta With Meatballs

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    When you're ready for a change of pace, try this creamy pesto meatball recipe. It's absolutely delicious and incredibly simple because it's made in the crock pot.

    The recipe uses both Alfredo and pesto sauces from a jar. Season that with bell pepper, garlic, and onion, and add your meatballs. It's best served over steaming hot rice.

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    Meatball Mac and Cheese

    Pasta penne with meatball, leek and cheese sauce.

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    Four kinds of cheese and a jar of Alfredo sauce combine to make this ultimate meatball mac and cheese. It's a baked recipe of cheesy goodness and takes just minutes to prepare, so it's great for busy families. It's also an excellent choice for a pre-made freezer meal if you like to plan ahead. Meal prep, anyone?

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    The Cheesiest Mozzarella Meatball Sliders

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    Whether you use this recipe's homemade meatballs or your favorites from the freezer aisle of the grocery store, it's hard to resist meatball sliders.

    These little sandwiches serve as great appetizers, as well as provide a fun alternative to lunch. They're broiled to ensure the mozzarella is as gooey as possible, which is just one more reason why they're a guaranteed hit.

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    Honey Sriracha Meatballs

    Honey Sriracha Meatballs
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    The honey Sriracha meatball recipe can use frozen meatballs, or you can make the ground turkey version with garlic and scallion. The sweet and spicy sauce is what sets them apart, and it mixes up quickly. To complement the honey and Sriracha sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger give it an Asian touch. Serve the meatballs over rice for a delicious meal, or share them at a party.

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    Deconstructed Meatball Sandwich Casserole

    Casserole with vegetables, meatballs and cheese.

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    We all know that Italian meatball sandwiches are amazing! But what if you take the ingredients apart? What you have left is this equally delicious deconstructed meatball sandwich casserole.

    The recipe has you make garlic bread and tomato sauce, with the option of using frozen meatballs or making your own. Pile it all in a dish, top it with cheese, and bake it up. It's a great family dinner.

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    Southern Grape Jelly Meatballs

    Grape jelly meatballs

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    A staple in Southern cuisine, you have to try grape jelly meatballs to understand why they're a favorite. This is a phenomenal appetizer recipe that is sure to turn heads at any party. Use frozen meatballs if you like, then drench them in a sauce of grape jelly, chili sauce, and Dijon mustard.

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    Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

    Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

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    Another unusual appetizer option, cranberry cocktail meatballs are a big hit at parties. Skip the homemade meatballs and use frozen ones to make it even easier. It's the sauce that really counts, with its tangy blend of cranberries, chili sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice.

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    No-Fuss Beer and BBQ Meatballs

    No-Fuss Beer BBQ Meatballs

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    For a slightly more traditional party bite, you can't go wrong with beer and barbecue meatballs. Drenched in a homemade barbecue sauce that features any beer you like, this slow cooker recipe is perfect for game day parties and potlucks.

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    Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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    A tailgating favorite, you may want to make more sweet and sour meatballs than you think you'll need. One taste and everyone will be back for more.

    The chunky sauce of this recipe combines pineapple and sweet pickles with soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, and cornstarch. It has a wonderful tang and zest that is anything but boring.

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    Crock Pot Meatball Soup

    Tomato Meatball Soup

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    A hearty, nutritious homemade soup does not get much easier than this. This crock pot meatball soup requires just five ingredients, including frozen meatballs and mixed veggies. Let the meat-tomato base cook all day, toss in the last ingredients, and dinner's ready within an hour.

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    Crock Pot Meatball and Potato Stew

    Meatball and Potato Stew

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    Serving your family a good home-cooked meal is very easy with this thick and creamy recipe. This meatball and potato stew is a wholesome dish, filled with potatoes, carrots, and meatballs in a rich and seasoned broth. It's a great meal to come home to on a cold winter day.

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    Meatball Orzo Casserole

    Meatball Orzo Casserole

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    Orzo is the tiny pasta that makes an excellent alternative to rice. In this meatball orzo casserole, you can transform them into a risotto-like dish that's super easy. Packed with broccoli, onion, and garlic, it's as healthy as it is delicious.