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Meatball Pasta Casserole !!

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INTRODUCTION

This comforting Meatball Pasta Casserole is the perfect combination of juicy meatballs, tender egg noodles, and a rich, creamy sauce. It’s an excellent family dinner meal that can bring warmth and satisfaction to your dining table.

 

INGREDIENTS:

For the Meatballs:

1 lb ground beef

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1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 egg white

1 tsp dried basil leaves

Salt to taste

For the Casserole:

12 oz egg noodles

2 cups beef broth

1 cup heavy cream or milk (use ½ cup milk if you want to reduce fat content)

Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Salt (optional)

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 375°F.

MEATBALLS INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, cheese, minced garlic clove, salt, pepper, basil leave in large bowl.

Mold the mixture into small balls having a 1 inch diameter.

Meatballs should be baked for 15-20 minutes until they are cooked through and browned.

COOK THE NOODLES:

While meatballs are baking cook egg noodles according to package instructions until they become al dente then drain and set aside.

 

 

MAKE THE SAUCE:

Firstly, melt butter in a big frying pan on medium heat. Cook until they have become transparent and fragrant, but an onion or garlic once chopped.

Continuously stir for 1-2 minutes while adding flour to the onions and garlic creating a roux.

Gradually add beef broth followed by heavy cream while whisking well as this will thicken the sauce.

Stir in shredded cheddar cheese, ground nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste until melted cheese is achieved and smooth sauce consistency is acquired.

Casserole Assembly:

Combine the cooked egg noodles with meatballs into a large mixing bowl. Pour all the mixed sauce over it then gently stir so that everything becomes coated evenly.

Pour mixture into greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread it out and cover with foil.

Baking:

Put in preheated oven at 350°F (175 C°) for about 20 – 25 minutes or until casserole is hot through and bubbly.

Remove foil off then bake for another 5-10 minutes to make the top lightly browned

Garnish & Serve:

Before serving garnish with fresh parsley.

 

Hints for Success:

For best flavor, use freshly grated Parmesan and cheddar cheese

To ensure even cooking make sure that all meatballs are uniform in size

Allow the casserole rest before serving so that the sauce can set

 

Health Benefits:

The mix of meatballs (protein) and noodles (carbohydrates) makes this casserole healthy.

Incorporating fresh ingredients such as garlic and onions using lean ground beef provided the dish with nutritional value

Fresh parsley supplies vitamins A, C and K.

 

Nutritional Information (Per serving):

Calories: 520

Protein: 28g

Carbohydrates: 45g

Fat: 23g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 3g

Sodium:760mg

 

Variations and Substitutions:

Meat Alternatives: Another option would be to use a leaner substitute for ground beef such as ground turkey or chicken.

Vegetarian Version: Replace meatballs with vegetarian meatballs or roasted vegetables.

Pasta Choices: Change egg noodles to whole wheat pasta or gluten-free options.

Cheese – For a different taste, you can try mozzarella or Swiss cheese instead of cheddar.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I make this casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can put it together a day before, cover it up and refrigerate it. Bake to serve.

How do I store leftovers? You can keep them for up to three days by storing in air tight containers in the fridge. Reheat either by oven or microwave before serving.

Can I freeze this casserole? You can freeze the baked casserole. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

 

Conclusion:

This is one of those hearty, delicious dishes that can be enjoyed on any occasion. By far, it is the most popular meal in most households. Satisfy your cravings with every mouthful and enjoy the richness of the taste!

 

 

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