Start with Meatballs

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Meatball Mac and Cheese. Linda Larsen

Everyone loves meatballs; they're like little nuggets of goodness. They're easy to make, easy to eat, and can be made out of any ground meat, or made vegetarian. You can also flavor them any way you'd like. I personally love frozen precooked meatballs because they are incredibly easy to use. For many casseroles, you don't even need to thaw them! These wonderful recipes all start with meatballs.

But to save money and add your own twist, make your own meatballs. Bake a batch or two, let them cool for about 20 minutes, refrigerate them until they're cold, then freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen solid, pack them into freezer containers and freeze. Then you can get dinner in the oven in minutes!

The trick to making the best meatballs is to handle them gently. Combine all of the flavoring and tenderizing ingredients first, then mix in the meat. Don't handle the mixture too much. You can make meatballs any size you'd like, just as long as you cook them to 160 degrees F. A medium-well meatball is a recipe for disaster.

Enjoy these easy recipes!

Start With Meatballs

  • Crockpot Baked Beans and Meatballs
    This comforting, old-fashioned recipe is a variation on baked beans with pork. But it's much easier to make!
  • Meatball Mac and Cheese
    If you're looking for comfort food, this is it! I love the flavors of the four kinds of cheese in this easy recipe.
  • Creamy Pesto Meatballs
    there's nothing like meatballs in a creamy sauce. I love the combination of textures and flavors in this simple recipe.
  • Crockpot Wild Rice Meatball Chili
    Wild rice is a delicious addition to a simple chili recipe. If you can't find wild rice meatballs, go ahead and substitute plain. Or you can make your own!
  • Italian Wedding Pasta Casserole
    This recipe is a twist on Italian Wedding Soup. I love it because it's lighter and fresh-tasting. Plus, it's a beautiful dish.
  • Meatballs and Fries Casserole
    Your kids will gobble up this tasty dish! It's like a tater tot hot dish, but with meatballs instead of plain ground beef, and French fries instead of tater tots. Yum.
  • Crockpot Swedish Meatballs
    Swedish meatballs are cooked in a rich cream sauce. This simple recipe uses golden mushroom soup and sour cream for extra flavor..