Mini Lasagna Meatball Casseroles

Mini Lasagna Meatball Casseroles
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Lasagna, a typically time-laden entrée, is much easier to prepare as a meatball laden casserole.
15 min
Prep Time
45 min
Total Time
4 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon
Land O Lakes® Butter
1 medium (1/2 cup)
onion, chopped
1 teaspoon
finely chopped fresh garlic
2 teaspoons
all-purpose flour
1 (14.5-ounce) can
beef broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can
diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
8 ounces
frozen fully cooked meatballs
3 tablespoons
tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons
dried Italian seasoning*
2 ounces (3/4 cup)
uncooked dried mini lasagna noodles (mafalda)
1 1/3 cups
Italian-seasoned croutons
1/4 pound (1/2 inch thick slice)
Land O Lakes® Provolone Cheese, shredded
 
*Substitute 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves, 1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves and 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage.

Directions

  1. Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan until sizzling; add onion and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir in flour. Add beef broth, tomatoes, meatballs, tomato paste and Italian seasoning. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Add noodles. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil (3-4 minutes). Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 14-16 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  3. Heat broiler. Ladle meatball mixture into four ovenproof serving bowls. Sprinkle 1/3 cup croutons on top of each serving; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Recipe Tips

- Casseroles can also be made in a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Prepare as directed above.

- Diced tomatoes already seasoned with basil, garlic and oregano are great timesavers. But, if you can’t find them, just substitute a 14.5-ounce can of plain diced tomatoes. Add 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.

- Tomato paste can now be purchased in a tube at your local grocery store.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
510
Cholesterol
70mg
Carbohydrates
47g
Protein
27g
Fat
24g
Sodium
1640mg
Dietary Fiber
1g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

Doubled the recipe and made it in a 9x13" casserole dish--pretty good! Served five adult men with leftovers.

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