Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Fried Cheese Curds.
Oh my gosh, you guys look.
I made a meal my oldest brother would LOVE.
When my brother comes to visit around the holidays, I always try to make the food he loves, but the rest of the year, I never make the type food he is into. My more usual fare has too many weird flavors, too many green things and never, EVER, enough beef.
BUT today I nailed it. Meatballs + pasta = Creighton food for sure. I only wish I could actually give him some to eat. I guess I will be making these around Thanksgiving… or Christmas, which kind of fits, seeing as the primary colors here are red and green.
Ok, sorry, no Christmas talk, but what about Halloween, can we talk about that yet?? This year I am more excited than most. I don’t know why, it’s not like I have crazy fun plans…or really any plans, but I don’t know. I think I am just SO happy that I have NO barn stuff to deal with this fall. Last year was beyond stressful, so this year I really want to do all the fun holiday things, and that means getting way too excited for Halloween!
Please tell me you guys are with me on this? Like can we just please pretend to be young kids and embrace that spirit that’s still alive within us somewhere?? Yes. <–DO IT.
And speaking of Halloween. I think this would be a pretty amazing pre trick or treating dinner… or in our family’s case, an after trick or treating dinner (my family doesn’t do anything EARLY!). It’s just such an easy, hearty, and of course, totally cozy, meal. A great way to both start and finish the month….you know, tomorrow is October first after all!
So here’s the deal. Aside from Creighton, no else is very big on meatballs. The idea of ground beef rolled into a ball just isn’t our thing, BUT, I found a way to make it our thing. Instead of ground beef, I really love using spicy Italian sausage. It just adds SO much flavor and the meatballs never come out dry. Another little secret of mine? Wet bread.
Yup, wet pieces of white or whole grain bread. I learned this trick from my grandma, who learned it from her mom. Both my grandmas make an amazing meatloaf. It’s probably my brother Creighton’s favorite meal. I have been saying for SO long now that I am going to make a meatloaf, but I just haven’t gotten the chance yet. I’m pretty sure my grandma has told me how to make it like five time now, and I still have yet to actually muster up the courage to try it out.
I think I’m kind of afraid to. I mean, you hear all these horror stories about meatloaf, bland, dry and tasteless meatloaf. Eeww! Who want’s that? Plus, most of the food I make, I make for the blog, and well I’m kind of scared to make meatloaf, and even more than a little horrified to photograph it.
My point? If there’s one thing I have taken away from my grandma’s instructions on how to make her meatloaf, it’s that wetting your bread prior to mixing it with the meat is KEY for moisture. Trust me, the first time she told me this I literally said, “wait, what?”. I had just never heard of actually putting bread under running water and squeezing out the excess water, seems weird, right?
Kind of, but it works, and it works really well. I used this same method for making my meatballs, and they turned out SO good! I do believe it’s all because of the bread. It’s magic guys!!
Ok and maybe all that oregano and sausage in there helps a little too!
Now let me tell you the bestest part about this dinner. It requires almost no effort. You mix your meatballs together, roll them into balls, place them in a baking dish, bake for a little, add your tomato sauce, add your cheese (and then a little more), bake a little longer, and… DONE. Yep, and only one pan – no frying the meatballs, no completely messy stove top and no broken, crumbly meatballs. Prayers answered, right?!?
And um, then – just add pasta!!
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Simple Baked Italian Oregano Meatballs = Happiness!
i just used sambal oelek in my meatballs, and it worked well. This recipe was so so sooo easy and the first time i’ve been successful with meatballs! another one being added to my cookbook!
Happy Monday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad it turned out well for you:)
Sooo good! I didn’t have the right cheese so used ricotta and Brie, lol, but will definitely make this again, and have the right ones, next time. I could drink that sauce. Loved the meatballs and they were so moist and tender….wet bread, who knew? I appreciate you and thank you for sharing your culinary expertise!
Happy Wednesday! ❄️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT
I found your book in a mountain Airbnb in British Columbia we stayed at over New Years. I fell in love with your content, and I can’t wait to get all your books and get cooking. I was intrigued with this recipe and made it last night and followed your recipe word for word. The only change was I served it with spaghetti squash. WOW! These were amazing. Even though there are some different ingredients in this dish, none of them are overpowering. They all just work together to make the most flavorful meatball and sauce. Amazing the next day for lunch too.
Happy Friday!! I appreciate you trying this recipe and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was a hit! Thanks so much for your kind message and making so many recipes!⛄️ xT
Hi, is that ground cumin or regular cumin (seeds)?
For this recipe, you will want to use ground cumin. Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope this turns out well for you! xx
This is absolutely delicious! A quick, easy dinner and easy to double for a large group.
Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your review! Love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Sunday!🎄
This was delicious! The meatballs were incredible, I used my own tomato sauce that I made with garden tomatoes but want to try your harissa infused recipe too. Family raved and everyone was happy.
Happy Monday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was tasty for you! Thanks for making it:) xx
Do you think this would be a good meatloaf recipe if cooked together?
Sure, I don’t see why not! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Had to try this because of the unusual ingredients. Made these with half beef and sausage. These cooked thoroughly within fifteen minutes in my oven which is gas! I cooked at 445 degrees- this when I poured sauce over the garlic didn’t cook enough in the sauce.of course I couldn’t cook at 25 minutes more at that point. Baked with sauce additional 10 minutes. Perhaps quick sautee garlic first?
Thanks for giving the recipe a try! Sure, you could sauté the garlic first:) Let me know if you have any other questions! xx