Mini Meatball Casserole

Mini Meatball Casserole
Mini Meatball Casserole

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4

    pounds Italian Sausage

  • 3/4

    pounds Ground Beef

  • 1/2

    cup Regular Oats

  • 1

    cup Grated Parmesan

  • 1

    whole Egg, Beaten

  • 1/4

    cup Minced Fresh Parsley

  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

  • 1

    whole Medium Onion, Diced

  • 3

    cloves Garlic, Minced

  • 1

    can (28 Ounce) Diced Tomatoes

  • 1

    can (8 Ounces) Tomato Paste

  • 1

    Tablespoon Sugar

  • 2

    cups Hot Water

  • 12

    leaves Basil

  • 12

    ounces, weight Ziti Pasta, Cooked To Al Dente

  • 16

    ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella, Cut Into Large Cubes

Directions

In a bowl, mix together the sausage, beef, oats, 1/2 of the Parmesan, egg, half the parsley, and salt and pepper until well combined. Form into small meatballs (about 1/2 inch) and brown in batches in a skillet over medium heat. Remove the meatballs from the pan and drain. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, salt and pepper, sugar, and water. Stir and bring to a simmer, then add in the meatballs and continue simmering for 20 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and allow it to cool. Stir in the basil once cool. In a casserole dish, add half the pasta, half the mozzarella cubes, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and half the meatball sauce. Repeat with another layer, ending with the meatball sauce. Cover with foil and either refrigerate for up to 2 days, or bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve piping hot!

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