• Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 70 minutes
  • Serves: 10

Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole

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 Ingredients List

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3/4 tsp. minced garlic from a jar or about 3-4 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 Carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 28-oz. cans Muir Glen Organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. 93-96% lean ground beef (you can use a mixture of ground beef, pork and veal)
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup 4C Italian style Gluten Free breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic from a jar or about 5-6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup milk (can use up to 1/2 cup milk)
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 cup Chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tablespoons dried parsley)
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 16 oz. pkg. gluten free spaghetti noodles
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter (either salted or unsalted is okay)


In a large Dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat add olive oil and heat through.
Add onion and garlic and sauté about 3-5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
Add carrots, celery, bell pepper and mushrooms and continue sautéing until veggies are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
Add meatballs; cover and simmer for about 40 minutes.
Remove bay leaves.
Check seasoning.
Add additional salt, pepper or seasonings, as desired.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Shape into small meatballs.
Drop the meatballs into simmering marinara sauce.
Cover with lid and do not stir for at least 20 minutes or the meatballs will break apart.
Continue cooking in the simmering sauce for another 20 minutes or until done.
If desired, you can cook the sauce a little longer to meld the flavors.

Add spaghetti to boiling water and cook about 2-3 minutes at a rapid boil.
Remove from heat.
Allow noodles to sit in hot water about 5-7 minutes longer or until cooked through.
Stir in 2 tbsp. melted butter.
Spoon Marinara Sauce with Meatballs over top of spaghetti.
Sprinkle cheese over top.
Grease a 10x15” glass baking dish.
Add buttered spaghetti and spread into prepared dish.
Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 10-15 minutes or until casserole is hot and bubbly and cheese has melted.

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