Meaty Stuffed Onions

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
I won a prize for this recipe in a contest sponsored by our local newspaper. I got it from my mother-in-law, who's originally from Italy.


  • 4 large sweet onions
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 5 slices day-old bread, crumbled
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Peel onions and cut 1/2 in. off tops and bottoms. Place onions in a large saucepan. Cover with boiling water. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.
  2. Cool slightly. Carefully remove inside layers of onion, separating into eight individual shells (refrigerate remaining onion for another use). Drain on paper towels.
  3. In a skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add spinach; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the remaining ingredients. Spoon into the onion shells.
  4. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 258 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 566mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.