Mouth-watering, Italian meatballs, three cheeses on a platter rimmed by toasted slices of French bread

Italian Cheesy Bake Dinner

On a whim, you invite a bunch of friends over for Sunday Dinner. Or the phone rings and just like that you need to get a meal on the table in a big hurry because guests are on their way. This is it! So fast, so delicious and so cheesy—this is the easy go-to recipe every busy cook needs! 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 42kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen meatballs Italian size (about 32)
  • 1 jar marinara or spaghetti sauce about 28 oz.
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Italian blend cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 loaf Italian or French bread sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Place entire bag of meatballs in a medium saucepan with sauce (feel free to add garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste) and cook over medium heat until warmed through, about 10 minutes. Stir as needed to keep meatballs from sticking to the pot. Remove from heat.
  • Place meatballs in the center of a 9x13 baking dish, layer mozzarella and Italian blend cheeses over meatballs topping off with the Parmesan
  • Lightly spread garlic butter on the bread or brush lightly with olive oil and garlic and place on a sheet pan (even if you leave the bread plain, it will still turn out fabulously—delicious!).
  • Place the pan of meatballs and the sheet pan in the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly and bread is lightly toasted (keep an eye on the bread as every oven is unique)
  • Remove from oven, line the meatball pan with the bread so the pieces are standing up around the perimeter of the pan. Enjoy! Serves 6 to 8. Recipe multiplies easily. 

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 10mg | Vitamin A: 95IU | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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