Super Simple " Eye"talian Meatball Casserole

READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • If meatballs are frozen, thaw in microwave to just warmed.
  • Put tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes tomato paste, chopped onion, jalapeno pepper, 1/4 cup water, 8 oz of cheese, and seasonings in a 9 x 13 casserole dish and blend together.
  • In the meantime, boil water and make noodles to al dente.
  • Drain noodles, add to casserole dish and blend in, making sure sauce covers all the noodles.
  • Add meatballs and gently blend in cheese.
  • Sprinkle 4 oz of cheese on top, covering casserole dish.
  • Put in oven at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  • Check for burning of cheese (may cover with aluminum foil gently to prevent some burning or browning of cheese).
  • Cooking is to warm through and through and to melt cheese. If your oven cooks hot or altitude is high, adjust time in oven.
  • Options:
  • I have also made this in a smaller casserole dish and microwaved for a faster dinner in less than 20 minutes.
  • May substitute cheese flavors such as Fiesta blend, Taco blend to give another flavor.
  • Measurements are not exact on spices as I eyeball them, cheese is a few handfuls in the dish and 1 handful on top.
  • My meatballs are Italian sausage meatballs but can be turkey, ground beef or a mixture of any kind.
  • NOTE: prep does not include boiling water.
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