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When you want to deliver comfort there’s nothing like a Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole of Love!

Nice big tender Italian Meatballs nestled into bed of spaghetti wrapped in a blanket of sauce & cheese.

It’s amazing how one casserole dish can bring a family together.

Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole of Love
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Do you and your family sit down to dinner on a regular basis? Or are you like us and you treasure those times when you’ve got the whole gang gathered around the table?

I sure do love it!

Today I’m delivering a Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole of Love! One of my dear friends is in the hospital and the best thing I can do for her right now is to help nourish her family. I happen to know spaghetti & meatballs are a favorite in their house :)

The Preparation

This dish begins with the meatballs. I use our nice big Italian Meatballs, you can find the recipe here.

You’ll want to double this recipe, using 2 pounds of ground meat. This will make a beautiful batch of 16-20 meatballs.

Plenty to feed a family of eight!

When I’m delivering a meal to a friend or family at a time of need I try to make it as easy as possible to heat & serve or freeze.

Foil pans are the unsung heroes here. Simply layer the al dente spaghetti, top with cooked meatballs and marinara sauce, add a nice layer of cheese and bake.

For the spaghetti, I actually love to use bucatini fusilli. It’s curly and fun and holds on to the delicious marinara sauce nicely too.

Pantry staples including Hemis'fares fusilli bucati pasta, Rao's sauce, and Ian's gluten free panko.

I’ve shared before that there are a few pantry staples that I always keep on hand. The pasta I mentioned above, our favorite Rao’s Sauce, and gluten free panko breadcrumbs. All of which are incorporated into this meal.

Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole of Love

I delivered Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole of Love!, a tossed salad and Peanut Butter Cup Brownies to this special family. Love and healing energy included.

All my best,
xo Libby

Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole of Love

Spaghetti & Meatball Casserole of Love!

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Nice big tender Italian Meatballs nestled into bed of spaghetti wrapped in a blanket of sauce & cheese.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the Meatballs

  • 2 batches Italian Meatballs see recipe link in post

For the Spaghetti Casserole

  • 1 pound spaghetti or favorite pasta cooked al dente
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions
 

For the Meatballs

  • Brown the meatballs using the Oven Method. Then transfer to sauce and finish cooking in the oven.

For the Spaghetti Casserole

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare pasta al dente according to package instructions. Drain and toss with marinara sauce. Layer in casserole dish with meatballs. Top with shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.

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