Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs

by Marla on March 28, 2014 · 26 comments

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OMG. You will be sooooo happy that I came up with this recipe for you & I.

My kids went nuts for this Homemade SpaghettiOs & Meatballs Skillet Dinner. It takes no time at all to make this classic right in your very own home.

Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Lots of cheese on top (2 cups to be exact) makes this skillet lunch or dinner extra delicious…

Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs | FamilyFreshCooking.com

 I had fun photographing that cheese pull.

Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs | FamilyFreshCooking.com

And then I proceeded to eat most of the cheese off the top of this casserole. My kids were OK with that. Kinda. Not.

Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Hopefully you can make this over the weekend. I promise this: both adults & kids will enjoy equally!

Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Have a great day!

Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Homemade SpaghettiOs & Mini Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dry Pasta Rings or Ditalini, cook to package directions
  • Mini Meatballs
  • 1 pound lean ground Beef or Bison
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Minced Dried Onion
  • Tomato Sauce
  • 6 ounces (1 can) Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup Marinara Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • Olive Oil
  • Topping
  • 2 cups Cheddar & Monterey Jack Cheese blend

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees F with rack in the middle. Cook pasta & drain (best to keep a bit al dente.) Toss with some olive oil.
  • Make mini meatballs, about 3/4 inches each. Combine meat with seasonings. Roll in your hands. Place on a single layer on a tin foil lined baking tray. Bake meatballs for about 10-15 minutes, until browned & almost cooked through.You will end up with about 40 mini meatballs.
  • In a bowl stir to combine tomato pasta, marinara, garlic salt & cream.
  • Coat a cast iron skillet with some olive oil. Add pasta to the skillet, gently fold in the sauce.
  • Add the meatballs. Make sure they are evenly distributed in the pasta. Top casserole with cheese. Bake uncovered 10 minutes. Increase oven heat to broil. Melt cheese until it is golden brown & bubbling about 4-5 minutes. Watch carefully so it does not burn.
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