Meatball

easy MEATBALL LASAGNA

Try a "bumpy" Mom Made spin on homemade lasagna! 

This delicious, saucy lasagna is packed with tasty Mom Made Meatball Bites and can be made ahead of time! 

Prep Time: 20 minutes   

Cook Time: 1 hour  

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 

Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients:

1 (8 oz.) box Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites, frozen, cut in half

1 jar (26 oz.) Tomato pasta sauce (any variety)

1 container (15 oz.) Ricotta cheese

1 Egg, beaten

2 Tbsp Fresh basil leaves, chopped (may use dried basil as well)

8 Uncooked lasagna noodles 

3 C Mozzarella cheese (12 oz.), shredded

¼ C Parmesan cheese (1 oz.), shredded

Instructions:

Spray 13x9” (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray or olive oil. 

In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg & basil. 

Spoon ½ cup tomato sauce over bottom of baking dish and top with 4 noodles. Top with about half of the ricotta mixture, half of the meatballs, 1 C of tomato sauce and 1 C of the mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining 4 noodles, remaining ricotta mixture, 1 C of tomato sauce, 1 C mozzarella cheese & remaining meatballs. Sprinkle with remaining 1 C mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray; cover baking dish with foil.

Heat oven to 350°F and bake covered lasagna 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 to 20 minutes longer until bubbly, edges are golden brown and cheese is melted. 

Garnish with fresh chopped basil. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Freezes well. 

Do Ahead or Delegate:  Cut the meatballs in half. Make ricotta mixture.
Flavor Booster: Add chopped garlic and/or chopped onion to the tomato mix.

Side Dish Suggestion: Serve with a green salad.

3 Healthy and Easy Appetizer Recipes with Meatballs

Having friends over to watch the Final Four or hosting a party soon? Here are three ways you can create healthy finger foods with meatballs:

1. Mini Meatball Grinders. Place Mom Made Turkey Meatballs on a small bun with marinara sauce and hold it together with a toothpick. Make them a little fancier by adding a slice of fresh mozzarella and a sprig of fresh basil.

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2. Meatball Taco Bites. Heat Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs according to directions. Lay out scoop chips on serving platter and place a pinch of chopped lettuce into each. Add a meatball on top of the lettuce in each chip. Top them with a pinch of shredded cheddar and a bit of salsa. Simple and fast!

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3. Asian Meatballs. Combine 2/3 cup hoisin sauce, 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar, 2 garlic cloves (minced), 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, and 1 tsp. sesame oil. Whisk together all these ingredients. CookMom Made Turkey Meatballs according to directions and dip each meatball individually with a toothpick into the Asian sauce. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top along with fresh chopped chives. (as seen in "gimme me some oven")

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….or simply serve a variety of different meatballs and sauces with flag toothpicks themed to match your party. We got crafty last season and made these NFL toothpicks. Or, you can find lots of fun toothpick choices, such as these online.

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Enjoy! 

5 Spooky Meatball Ideas for Halloween

How about some spooky meals for your family to make Halloween extra festive this year? We've got you covered with these 5 easy recipes using Mom Made Meatballs.

MeatballAppetizer1) Serve our Mom Made Beef & Cheese, Chicken & Apple and Turkey Meatballs with a Halloween decorated toothpick on a tray. Offering 3 very different flavors can please any taste buds. Prep time? Max 5 minutes.

spiderwebeyeballpizza2) You can never go wrong with a Spiderweb Eyeball Pizza.You need a prepared pizza dough, olive oil, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, black olives and Mom Made Turkey Meatballs. Depending on your crust, spiderweb eyeball pizza will be ready in 10-12 min, enjoy

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3) Decorate a plate with Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs and use ketchup or vodka sauce to create spider legs. Yup...very spooky!

Meatball Taco

4) Meatball taco on the go! Heat up Mom Made Beef & Cheese Meatballs and insert them with lettuce in a hard shell taco. Use black olives for the eyes.

 Meatball and Pasta Mummy Skewers

5) Cook Mom Made Meatballs (take your choice!) then carefully skew them on a stick. Wrap cooked fettuccine noodles around to make your mummy and use a red pepper or black olive slice for eyes. Serve with your favorite marinara as a dipping sauce. 

These and many more healthy Halloween ideas on our Pinterest page. Wishing you and your kiddos a happy and HEALTHY Halloween!

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