Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs 3.2 25 5 1
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 740 calories
    • Fat 36 g (15 g saturated fat)
    • Cholesterol 175 mg
    • Sodium 820 mg
    • Protein 39 g
    • Carbohydrate 61 g
    • Sugar 10 g
    • Fiber 4 g
    • Iron 6.5 mg
    • Calcium 315 mg

Heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, combine the beef, panko, milk, eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and mix well. Form the mixture into 18 meatballs.

Whisk the marinara sauce and 1 cup water in a 2½-quart baking dish until well blended. Add the spaghetti and stir to evenly coat in the sauce; arrange in an even layer. Add the meatballs and basil sprigs on top. Cover and bake, gently stirring once or twice, until the pasta and meatballs are cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes.

Top with the cheese and broil, uncovered, 6 inches from the heat until the cheese melts and some meatballs are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Garnish with the basil leaves and serve with the salad.

Ingredients

  1. Check pounds ground beef
  2. Check 1 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs
  3. Check ¾ cup whole milk
  4. Check 2 large eggs, beaten
  5. Check Kosher salt and black pepper
  6. Check 4 cups marinara sauce (32 ounces)
  7. Check 12 ounces spaghetti, broken in half
  8. Check 3 sprigs basil, plus leaves for garnishing
  9. Check 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  10. Check Green salad, for serving

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, combine the beef, panko, milk, eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and mix well. Form the mixture into 18 meatballs.
  2. Whisk the marinara sauce and 1 cup water in a 2½-quart baking dish until well blended. Add the spaghetti and stir to evenly coat in the sauce; arrange in an even layer. Add the meatballs and basil sprigs on top. Cover and bake, gently stirring once or twice, until the pasta and meatballs are cooked through, 50 to 60 minutes.
  3. Top with the cheese and broil, uncovered, 6 inches from the heat until the cheese melts and some meatballs are lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Garnish with the basil leaves and serve with the salad.