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Midwest Meatball Casserole Recipe

Midwest Meatball Casserole Recipe

I've relied on this recipe many times as a soothing finish to a hectic day...and since I usually have all the ingredients on hand, there's no last- minute rush to the store, either.—Judy Larson, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 slices process American cheese slices, cut into 1/2-inch strips

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, egg, bread crumbs, onion and salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan and bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink; drain.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine remaining tomato sauce with vegetables and seasonings. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until heated through; stir in meatballs and set aside.
  • 4. Place potatoes in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Brush with butter and bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven; top with meatball mixture. Arrange cheese strips in a lattice pattern on top. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 310 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 97 mg cholesterol, 884 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.