From beginner meatball how-tos to Ina Garten’s ultimate dinner, we’ve got meatballs paired with spaghetti, dunked in soup, perched on top of pizza and served with couscous, atop sandwiches and even stuffed in a taco. When it comes to meatballs, there’s no end to the ways to enjoy them.
Comfort Meatballs (pictured above)
Think of The Pioneer Woman’s comfort meatballs as tiny round meatloaves, all bubbling together in one happy casserole pan — complete with classic ketchup sauce on top.
One night I panicked. Everyone was hungry and I needed to get dinner on the table in a hurry. One onion plus the quickest cream sauce you ever saw and a bag of premade meatballs later, dinner was amazingly, instantly served — and loved. It’s now in regular rotation.
This colorful soup from Food Network Magazine is exactly what you want for dinner. Chunks of carrots and spinach swirl around satisfying bites of cheese tortellini and meatballs.
Giada De Laurentiis outdoes herself with these adorable little meatballs. With a nod toward real Italian cooking, these babies are fried in a pan, not baked, and include not one but two kinds of Italian cheeses.
Hello and thank you, slow cooker. Let the machine do the work in making this easy recipe.
Hefty sprinkles of juicy meat peek out from under melted cheese like a delicious little mountain range on Rachael Ray’s Mega Meatball Pizza.
These five-minute entrees are a lunchbox dream. Like tiny kebabs, they come together instantly, offer a million different combinations and give the kids a cute little surprise every time.
For a tried-and-true version of this classic dish, you cannot beat Ina’s meatballs and spaghetti, which includes three kinds of meat (veal, pork and beef), two kinds of breadcrumbs and all the bragging rights to go with them.
Tacos with meatballs inside? Yes, really. Food Network Magazine uses ground chicken as the base of the meatballs, which simmer in a smooth sauce of tomatoes and a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.
Charity Mathews is a mom of four small kids and the founder of Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe.