meatball and noodle baked casserole

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a recipe by
Robyn Bruce
Linglestown, PA

This is one of my favorite casseroles to make. I live alone, so I will make this casserole and have my meal, then I like to portion out the leftovers and put in nice little individual sized containers and throw those in my freezer. Then when I come home from work another night, whether it's next week or one night next month, I can simply pull one of these out and put it in the microwave which makes an easy meal and then I don't have to cook that night. Also nice to take to work for lunches. Good stuff!!

★★★★★ 1
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For meatball and noodle baked casserole

  • 1-1/2 lb
    ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1-1/2 c
    bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c
    chopped onion
  • 1/2 c
    tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter or margarine
  • 1/4 c
  • 2-1/4 c
    beef broth
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1
    8-10 oz. package noodles, cooked according to package directions

How To Make meatball and noodle baked casserole

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2
    In mixing bowl, combine ground meat, bread crumbs, onion, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • 3
    Form meat mixture into 24 small balls, (or size them to your preference).
  • 4
    Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet. Brown the meat balls on all sides and remove from skillet. Set aside.
  • 5
    Add remaining butter (2 tablespoons) to skillet.
  • 6
    Blend in the flour. Stir in beef broth and milk. Cook until thick and bubbling, stirring occasionally.
  • 7
    Add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, tomato paste, and garlic powder. Mix well. (Continue to stir on low heat with wooden spoon until sauce thickens.)
  • 8
    While sauce is cooking (taking care that it doesn't scald), cook the noodles according to package directions, and drain when done.
  • 9
    In a casserole dish, place a layer of noodles, meatballs, another layer of noodles, then meatballs, and top with a last layer of noodles.
  • 10
    Pour sauce over entire casserole. Sprinkle Mozzarella over the sauce. Cover and bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees.