Cheesy 5-Ingredient Meatball Casserole Recipe Is an Easy Fan Favorite by 30Seconds Food

Cheesy 5-Ingredient Meatball Casserole Recipe Is an Easy Fan Favorite

Meatballs are always a family favorite for dinner, so this easy meatball casserole recipe can become a go-to recipe for those busy weeknights (or anytime). This cheesy casserole recipe is a true fan favorite.

You only need five simple ingredients to make this meatball casserole recipe. Here's what you need: pre-made meatballs, spaghetti sauce, baby spinach, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. The Parmesan cheese and basil are optional garnishes. You bake up this meaty casserole until it's a pan of cheesy goodness, then sink your teeth into the deliciousness.

Serve this easy meatball casserole with pasta or garlic bread and a salad for a hearty, family-friendly meal in less than one hour. It's perfect for any weeknight dinner.

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Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 packages pre-made meatballs (or your favorite homemade meatball recipe)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, for serving (optional) 

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Recipe Notes

  • You can use Monterey Jack or even Gruyere cheese instead of mozzarella. 
  • For a spicy kick, add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Add some Parmesan cheese and basil as optional garnishes.
  • To make this casserole gluten-free, make sure the meatballs and sauce you use are gluten-free.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The casserole freezes well and reheats easily in the microwave.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Bake the meatballs on a baking sheet at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes. 
  2. Combine the spaghetti sauce and spinach. Pour into a 13x9-inch baking pan. Top with the meatballs.
  3. Add dollops of ricotta cheese around the meatballs. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Pop back into the 375-degree F oven for about 30 minutes. 
  4. Serve with grated Parmesan and chopped fresh basil, if desired. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 165

Total Fat: 8.2g

Saturated Fat: 4.1g

Cholesterol: 19mg

Sodium: 645mg

Total Carbohydrate: 14.8g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Total Sugars: 9.9g

Protein: 10.1g

Vitamin D 0mcg

Calcium: 149mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 466mg

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Donna John
So easy!! Will be making this soon. Thinking over pasta or you could even use it as a meatball sandwich filling.
This looks amazing
Elisa Schmitz
Yes, please! This looks really delish!
Meredith Schneider
Yum! My crew would love this!

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